Regime change in Malawi as opposition wins election
Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, President of Malawi Congress Party who is also President of Tilitonse alliance which grouped nine parties together, was sworn in as the 6th Malawian President on Sunday.
President Chakwera beat the incumbent President Professor Peter Wa Mutharika by almost 60% by 38% which many have described as a third regime change. This is because the first regime change was the independence in 1964, second regime change was in 1994 when Malawi adopted multiparty system of government while the 2020 regime change is doing away with family politics. This is because the late Bingu Wa Mutharika was the brother of the defeated President Peter Wa Mutharika while his run mate was son to former President of Malawi Bakili Muluzi.
Thousands of people thronged the regional streets of Blantyre, the capital city Lilongwe and Mzuzu to celebrate soon after the announcement of results Friday midnight and were on the streets hooting cars and making merry noise till dawn.
Dr Sauls Chilima who is President of United Transformation Movement (UTM), formed an alliance with Dr Chakwera , President of Malawi Congress Party(MCP) and campaigned on the strength of revamping the economy of the country by reducing fertilizer inputs from 30 Usd( Malawi Kwacha 21000 to almost 7usd ( Malawi Kwacha almost 5000) to ensure every farmer buys the input.
They also campaigned on abolishing the quota system which they believed favoured a certain groups or tribes at the expense of other tribes in the country.
On Monday Dr. Chakwera appointed Mordicay Msiska, SC, his lead lawyer as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and also appointed Dr Chikosa Silungwe, a lead lawyer for Dr Chilima as Attorney General
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