President Rev. Dr Lazarus Chakwera, Pledges To Eliminate Graft in Malawi
Newly elected President of Malawi, His Excellency Rev. Dr Lazarus Chakwera, has pledged to eradicate corruption in his country.
President Chakwera stated that corruption has been a major stumbling block to achieving better living standards for the people of Malawi.
“I believe that the development of our country has stagnated for a long time because of corruption and other vices. This is why my Government is committed to eradicate corruption in this country for the betterment of our citizenry,” stated President Chakwera.
The newly elected President made the statement in an acknowledgement of the congratulatory note from the General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), Rev. Dr Fidon Mwombeki.
In his note, Rev. Dr Mwombeki hailed the people of Malawi for their determination in securing their future by carrying out a peaceful election that was widely hailed as free, fair and credible.
The AACC General Secretary stated further that Rev. Dr. Chakwera’s victory was historic as this was the first time that an opposition candidate had won an election rerun against an incumbent in Africa, and only the second time that a presidential election had been nullified by courts in the continent over irregularities.
Rev. Dr Mwombeki told President Chakwera that the AACC was especially proud that he had come from within the ranks of the clergy. He noted that this background gave the President a deep spiritual well of values to draw from- forgiveness, integrity, spirituality, goodwill to all people, and a higher mission to lead God’s people to the promised land.
It has been a very trying time for Malawi and its people, as they went through two elections, court challenges and a transition in under two years. The rerun that was won by President Chakwera was ordered by the Constitutional Court, after it nullified the election of Peter Mutharika due to irregularities.
Malawi faces daunting challenges, not least of which is youth unemployment, poverty, corruption, economic empowerment, misgovernance, and the problem of HIV/AIDS, which has spawned a reported one million orphans.