Malawi Congress Party presidential hopeful, Rev. Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has retired as president of Malawi Assemblies of God, the church announced Friday.
Chakwera’s retirement is with effect from May14th, 2013.
In a statement made available to Nation Online, signed by the church’s secretary general Rev. Benitto Chisamba, Chakwera has retired after serving as leader of Malawi Assemblies of God for the past 24 years.
“Malawi Assemblies of God will follow its constitutional mandates in electing the Church‘s successor to Dr Chakwera at the appropriate time. But the Deputy President, Rev. Nelson Banda will serve as acting President until General Assembly meets.
The statement further said Malawi Assemblies of God will continue to be non-partisan as it serves Malawians who belong to various political affiliations and/or those who are not even involved with political parties.
“Dr Chakwera‘s decision to offer to serve Malawians through the Malawi Congress Party [MCP] is his own as he has a right as a citizen of Malawi to do so.
The Malawi Assemblies of God leadership has since accepted his retirement from the Presidency. However, he remain a credentialed minister of the Malawi Assemblies of God,” read the statement in part.