It was like a “new year feeling” on a Saturday night in most cities in Malawi as the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) announced that the torch barrier for Tonse Alliance, Lazarus Chakwera had won the historic presidential election.
Kondwani Kayime, 76, could not hide his joy. Together with his family, he drove all the way from the outskirts of Blantyre to join a crowd of people matching into the city of Blantyre.”The change has come, for years I have been longing for this day to come.
This is like a dream come true, after 26 years of trying to get back in power, now we have witnessed history in making. Since the fall of Malawi Congress Party in 1994, Malawi has not been the same, I believe the president-elect will bring back the lost glory that Malawi had lost all these years,” he said.
Hundreds of people danced at the entrance of the College of Medicine in Blantyre, where the final tallying was taking place.
Chikondi Banda, a college student at a local community college said she has high hopes that the new government will proceed with developments and international partnerships that the outgoing president had established. “I have waited all my life for this day.
Now that the change is here, I believe that Dr Chakwera will not settle on revenging but rather continuing with the already existing developments and furthering the economy of this country,” Banda said.
Chakwera who has won with 58.57 percent gained a lot of support from the youth with his promises of job creation, good governance, unity and development.
Reports from local media are showing that people across the country had a similar celebration on a Saturday that saw people dancing in the street, blowing up trumpets, lighting fireworks and many more.