By Janet Munyaka Diplomatic Correspondent
MALAWI’S Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Annie Kumwenda has commended the SADC region for their solidarity with her country during recent presidential election re-run.
Malawi’s new President Dr Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in on Sunday – becoming the sixth president after winning the historic election re-run held on the 23rd of June.
President Chakwera who leads the oldest political party in the Southern African nation, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which was led by the late Hastings Kamazu Banda, romped to victory ahead of the outgoing president, Dr Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), founded by his elder brother, late President Bingu wa Mutharika, in 2004.
Malawi’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Annie Kumwenda thanked the SADC region and Zimbabwe’s President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa who chairs the bloc’s Organ for Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation for solidarity with the people of Malawi.
“We are very thankful to the Sadc troika especially President Emmerson Mnangagwa who chairs the SADC troika for the support which they provided during the election process. The election has just demonstrated that Malawians are peaceful people. I also wish to congratulate our new president and all Malawians for exercising their right and coming out in large numbers to elect the president of their choice,” said the Diplomat.
In his congratulatory message to the newly elected president, Cde Mnangagwa commended the people of Malawi for the peaceful political and security situation that prevailed in the country and the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) for the efficient and effective electoral process.
Ambassador Kumwenda said all Malawians should now put their political differences aside and focus on rebuilding their country.
“The former president has conceded defeat very peacefully encouraging all Malawians to forge with their dev agenda focusing on unity and love. All Malawians should give the new president space to implement all that he promised during elections,” she said
Malawi gained independence in 1964 with independence celebrations set for the 6th of next month.