Malawi is smiling

Everson Luhanga

Lazarus Chakwera became Malawi’s new president on Sunday after months of street protests and a decision by the Constitutional Court to have a new election.

Malawi’s stunningly successful and peaceful election impressed the entire world – and left most Malawians smiling.

Although Malawians living outside the country were not allowed to vote, thousands of them have expressed their happiness with the results. 

It was a huge comeback for the official opposition party which beat President Peter Mutharika and took back power after 26 years in opposition.

The winning Malawi Congress Party previously ruled Malawi for 31 years under Malawi’s first President, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

With high poverty which has sent many citizens to neighbouring Mozambique and South Africa to seek jobs, Chakwera promised to create more opportunities for Malawians.

Some Malawians in South Africa are packing their bags claiming they will go back home after the lockdown is lifted and they can travel. Jonathan Kamanga, who’s lived in South Africa for more than 10 years, says he is one of those who wants to go home and help build the country.