A 65 year old former Malawi Assemblies of God Superintendent Lazarus Chakwara was sworn in as the 6th President of Malawi on June 28.

He was formerly the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Malawi for a good 24 years and a member/secretary of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship for more than a decade. He worked as an instructor at AG School of Theology from 1983 to 2000 where he became principal in 1996.

He entered politics after resigning as General Superintendent in 2013 so as to focus on a 2014 bid for the presidency.

Chekwera joined forces with UTM leader Saulos Chilima, forming an alliance in preparation for the 2020 June Malawi General Elections. This happened when Court ruled out 2019 elections due to irregularities after DPP claimed victory.

He defeated the incumbent president Peter Mutharika.

It will interest you to know that Malawi made history as the 1st African Country to have her presidential election result overturned due to irregularities and an opposition leader won the rerun election!

According to him in a video posted by St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, His Excellency admitted that he argued with God about venturing into politics, 'And one day, God spoke to my heart, and God was not saying I'm pulling you out of Ministry - God was saying I'm extending your Ministry'.

Lazarus Chakwere comes from a good Christian family. His father was a minister and evangelist. It is said the parents chose to name him Lazarus after the biblical Lazarus who was raised from the dead, following the deaths of their first two infant sons, believing he would survive. Lazarus is a husband, father and grandfather.

We wish him and the good people of Malawi well.

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