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Malawi President challenges MPC hand-clappers: “I’m President for all Malawians”

President Lazarus Chakwera and his vice Saulos Klaus Chilima at Kamuzu Mausoleum

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi leader Lazarus Chakwera has on Friday warned Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters against monopolizing ownership of the office of the president, saying the office is there to serve all Malawians not a few individuals.

Chakwera made the remarks during the Kamuzu’s day commemoration which took place at the Kamuzu Mausoleum in Lilongwe.

“I am president for all Malawians so this ‘my President, our president’ mantra must stop,” said Chakwera.

He further called for a unity of purpose if Malawi is to retrace the social and economic foundations Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda set.

The Malawi leader, therefore, seized the moment to advise leaders on the appropriate use of power as they govern and serve the people.

“Presidential power is a terrific servant but terrible master. We now have the power to use the presidential powers the way it was used to build Kamuzu Central Hospital and the way it was used to build points of entry such as Kamuzu International Airport.

“So long as I am President and God gives me breath, the powers of this office will only be used to serve you not to rule you. I am here to serve you and I will only work with those that want to serve you,” said the Malawi leader.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Michael Usi, praised Kamuzu Banda for opting to abandon his flourishing medical business to return to Malawi.

Usi also announced the Government’s plans to embark on phase two of Kamuzu Mausoleum, which is the construction of a library, information centre and a fence at the mausoleum.

Speaking on behalf of the Kamuzu family, former cabinet minister Ken Kandodo Banda, hailed former President Bingu wa Mutharika, for the construction of the Kamuzu Mausoleum and the Kamuzu Banda Statue at Area 28 in Lilongwe.

Dr Banda died on November 25, 1997, four years after Malawi endorsed political pluralism. He ruled Malawi for 30 years laying a foundation that anchors most sectors of the country’s economy.

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Maneno Chimulala
Maneno Chimulala
I am a journalist, educator, and activist with passion for telling stories about social justice, sports and political issues. I graduated from Mzuzu University. I started my career at the Maravi Post online publication in 2012 as an intern while in college. Upon graduating from Mzuzu University I was offered a job as Sports Reporter because of my background as a goalkeeper and rose to the position of sub editor. I also had a short stint with Nyasatimes, Malawi Punch and Malawi Digest. Over the past seven years, I have worked intimately with rural organizations and communities in Malawi on human rights, girl child education and grassroots development projects. With an academic background in education, I also volunteer as male champion for girls’ education under Girls Empowerment Networks (GENET) in Malawi’s South West Education Division (SWED).

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