“I Feel Like The Biblical Lazarus” – Malawi’s Newly Sworn-In President

The new President of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, has told the BBC that his win in the rerun election made him feel like the biblical character he shares his name with.

The newly sworn-in president probably got the inspiration from Urnaija’s caption yesterday, Malawi: President Chakwera’s Presidential Ambitions Resurrected After He Wins Rerun

“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 in 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.

“There’s no cause for fear because I will be your president and my policy for inclusivity means we are building a new Malawi for all of us,” Mr Chakwera told the BBC Newshour programme.

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

Mr Chakwera dismissed allegations by Mr Mutharika that the poll was marred by violence and irregularities, saying his predecessor was “misled by rumours”.

However, he said he would not stand in the way of Mr Mutharika should he want to challenge the election.