Malawi’s President Marks 100 Days In Office

Malawi’s President, Lazarus Chakwera, is marking his 100 days in office after getting elected in June this year.

65-year-old Chakwera, who is also the East African country’s Minister of Defence, presented an audit of the first 100 days in office in the capital, Lilongwe.

The secretary to the cabinet, Zangazanga Chikhosi, has outlined the initiatives approved by the cabinet to ease the cost of production for farmers.

Vice-President Saulos Chilima said the new administration is in the process of reforming public service to ensure improved service delivery.

He vowed to unite the country and fight poverty during his inauguration in June.

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Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party historically defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of votes in a rerun election on 23 June 2020.

“I do feel like Lazarus, I’ve come back from the dead,” Mr Chakwera said, referring to the biblical character of the same name.

In February, Malawi’s constitutional court annulled Mr Mutharika’s poll win of May 2019, citing vote tampering.

The country was bitterly divided in the run-up to this week’s election. But Mr Chakwera said those who did not support him had nothing to fear.

“I’m not a president of a faction, I’m a president of everyone in the country,” he added.

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Chakwera, a Pentecostal preacher and former theology lecturer, said his role would be to unite and serve Malawians.


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