Chakwera who has won a five-year term as President of the nation of 18 million people will first have to heal a nation that has been through many months of political turmoil.
Malawi, which is the second African nation to annul a presidential election over irregularities, after Kenya in 2017 has been hailed for holding peaceful elections.
It is the first African nation to have an opposition candidate go on to win a rerun after elections had been annulled.
The 65-year-old President has previously served as a Pentecostal preacher and theology lecturer.
Leading a nine-party coalition, the Tonse Alliance, President Chakwera had the backing of former President Joyce Banda as well as the country's vice-president, Saulos Chilima, as his running mate in the polls.
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His historic election has attracted reactions from Malawians who are hoping for significant changes in the lives of citizens.
“The new President is a God-fearing man, a Pastor and we have trust in him that he will end nepotism, tribalism and corruption etc, that the former government used to be known for,” Prince Henderson, a Catholic in Malawi told ACI Africa in an interview.
He added in the June 28 interview, “The combination of Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and Dr. Saulos Chilima is very good and I have trust in their leadership that they will obviously deliver.”
Reacting to the election of Chakwera, Nairobi-based Malawian Cleric, Fr. Emmanuel Chimombo expressed appreciation for the electoral process saying, “I feel proud to be a Malawian. It has been a free, fair process that has taken place and I think people should be happy with the outcome.”
“The people have spoken through the way they turned up for this election and the environment was quite conducive, of course, with some challenges and change has come,” Fr. Emmanuel who coordinates the Pastoral Department of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) told ACI Africa Sunday, June 28.
He added in relation to the electoral process, “I know it cannot be good news to everybody but the fact that the process has been followed thoroughly and every mistake that was seen previously has been corrected is a true show of democracy.”
Fr. Emmanuel called on the new regime to “live up to the expectations of the people because they are there to serve the people, adding that the elected leaders "must not detach themselves from what they have promised.”
“Malawians want a good Malawi for them, a Malawi that everybody would be proud of. And the justice that has been shown by the court, by all these people who have taken hand to bring change should be maintained,” Fr. Emmanuel told ACI Africa.
Meanwhile, in their June 27 collective statement, the Bishops in Malawi pledge “to continue praying for peace, unity and harmony in this country,” inviting all the faithful “to continue praying for the same.”
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.