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Lazarus Chakwera, Peter Mutharika honoured

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The London Political Summit, a global think-tank, has honoured President Lazarus Chakwera and his predecessor Peter Mutharika with the Uhuru/Raila Peace Accord Award.

The two have been awarded for ensuring that there was a smooth and peaceful transition of power and upholding the rule of law and separation of powers.

A statement from the summit states that in the post-election period, Chakwera has promoted a united and prosperous Malawi, through servant leadership embodied in the ‘Chakwera Super Hi5’.

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“President Chakwera was honoured on Friday 16th October 2020 by the London Political Summit, a global think tank. The Award ceremony was officiated virtually connecting London and State House in Malawi. In a previous virtual ceremony also at his retirement home in Mangochi, former president Peter Mutharika received his Award,” reads the statement in part.

The statement says Malawi has set a precedent for other African states and for countries around the world to follow.

The Raila/Uhuru Peace Accord Award was inaugurated in 2018 in the UK’s House of Commons.

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The award is in recognition of the ‘handshake’ between Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and that country’s former Prime Minister Raila Odinga which restored peace after contested election results.

The award is given to African Heads of State who demonstrate statesmanship and ensure peace and stability is sustained in democratic processes following elections.

According to the statement, peace is important in any post-election period apparently because this is the time democratic institutions are established.

Various entities both local and international have been praising the judiciary, civil society organisations and Malawi Defence Force for the role they played in the June 23 fresh presidential election.

Democratic Progressive Party spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira said the award means that former President Peter Mutharika is a true democrat.

Chancellor College political analyst Ernest Thindwa attributes the peaceful transition of power to the country’s democratic institutions like the courts, parliament, Malawi Defence Force and the civil society.

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