The United Nations (UN) has joined other global bodies in welcoming last week’s peaceful fresh presidential election that saw Malawians electing Tonse Alliance leader Lazarus Chakwera as the country’s sixth president.
In a statement issued yesterday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, however, called on all political actors to ensure that their words and actions promote an environment of peace, harmony and social cohesion among Malawians.
Dujarric further urged all stakeholders to channel their complaints related to the electoral process through established legal mechanisms.
“The secretary general reiterates the United Nations’ continued support to the people and government of Malawi in their efforts to further consolidate peace, democracy and sustainable development in the country,” readS the statement issued from New York, USA.
The African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (Sadc) were among the first international bodies to congratulate Chakwera on his victory.
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared on Saturday that Chakwera was the winner of the June 23 court-sanctioned election, ousting Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from the seat.