Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera Friday delivered a message of hope to many hopeless Malawians saying the problems they are facing would soon come to an end.
In his maiden press briefing for 2020 held at MCP Headquarters in Lilongwe, Chakwera, who is the second petitioner in the May 21 2019 presidential elections petition case currently awaiting judgement in the Constitutional Court, also urged his supporters to respect the outcome of the case.
Chakwera, who was accompanied by former president and Peoples’ Party leader Joyce Banda, MCP secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka and other top party officials, said he is aware that many Malawians have confidence in the Constitutional Court to deliver an independent and impartia ruling on the credibility, legality, and validity of the presidential elections.
The MCP leader, who weaved his address as verses of a poem, said he is aware that Malawians continue to face many challenges such as hunger, teachers not being paid, students not learning as well as attempts by other people to bribe the judges hearing the elections case.
“In the face of such hardships, it can be all too easy to feel that all that was once good in our country is
lost or that there is nothing good ahead that is worth fighting for. Indeed, there are some people, both domestic and foreign, who see these hardships as omens of a coming apocalypse.
“But where they see our nation’s gloom and doom, I see its light and might. To me, these hardships are the labour pains of a new birth for our nation. And the signs are everywhere that, despite the anguish of the labour pains, we, as Malawians, have reached a point of no return in pushing to see a new Malawi delivered. We have finally realised that those of us who wish Malawi well far outnumber those who exploit her,” Chakwera said.
He described Malawi as being at a crossroads, urging Malawians to rise to what the occasion demands.
“Let us rise with every Malawian who is providing servant leadership, as the judges of the Constitutional Court are doing. Let us rise with every Malawian who is fighting for a cause that is uniting Malawians, as the leaders of Civil Society Organisations are doing.
“Let us rise with every Malawian who is working in every region to see us prospering together, as the civil servants are doing. Let us rise with every Malawian who is risking it all and daring the odds to end corruption, as the directors of the Anti-Corruption Bureau are doing,” Chakwera said.
He urged his supporters to welcome the ruling of the court with open arms as a foundation on which they could begin the work of rebuilding Malawi and reconciling with each other.
In recent weeks, many institutions, including faith leaders such as Public Affairs Committee, have been appealing to political parties involved in the case to prepare their supporters for the outcome of the elections case.
High Court Registrar Agnes Patemba this week told our sister paper The Daily Times that no date has been set for the ruling of the case.