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Malawian President’s press officer congratulates opposition leader

Malawi’s State House Press Officer Justice Mponda has congratulated Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera for his victory over incumbent President Peter Mutharika, according to provisional results in the just-ended presidential election rerun.

Mponda expressed his congratulations through a post on his Facebook page where he also thanked Mutharika for having been given an opportunity to serve in his government.

He wrote:

I also take a moment to congratulate Dr Lazarus Chakwera, Dr Saulos Chilima and the entire Tonse Alliance for the victory. You fought well and it has paid off.

In President Mutharika, I have learnt to appreciate the magic of working, growing and developing in silence. I will forever be grateful to APM for everything I have become today.

Lastly, to the DPP. This fall gives you another opportunity to work on your shortfalls.

It has taken an alliance of 10 political parties to defeat you and that’s evident enough that you are a very strong party.

You have fallen and risen before. You can rise again from this fall. Omwa tiyi adzamwanso.

To Malawians, let’s move on. There is time for politics and there is time for development. Let’s move on.

The election was held on Wednesday, and on Thursday, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Chifundo Kachale told reporters at the National Tally Center in Blantyre that only his body has the mandate to release official result which will be within eight days as required by law.

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