Chakwera for provisional budget first

Chakwera Lazarus

Newly-elected president Lazarus Chakwera has disclosed that his first assignment would be to ensure the country has a provisional budget for some three months.

Chakwera, who was pronounced victor for the Fresh Presidential Election (FPE) held on Tuesday, made the remarks at his Area 6 residence in Lilongwe soon after announcement of the results.

Speaking to Times Television, the Tonse Alliance leader said he and the Vice President Saulos Chilima will be servant leaders ready to serve Malawians.

"My first task will be to ensure we have a provisional budget by next week so that we can have time to work on the main budget which will incorporate the issues that we promised the people," he said.

Interestingly, his predecessor, Peter Mutharika also drafted the K2.2 trillion budget through the Minister of Finance, Joseph Mwanamvekha.

The debate on the budget was slated for Thursday last week, but was shifted to Monday this week.

From Chakwera's remarks, it means Mutharika's budget will be shot down.

As monitored on the TV, the former Malawi Assemblies of God president watched the announcement ceremony by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Justice Chifundo Kachale, at his home with family members and some MCP senior members, including secretary general, Eisenhower Mkaka.

Just after the announcement that he is the duly-elected president, Chakwera was seen raising his hands and started praying for some minutes.

Chakwera, who is the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, served as leader of opposition in Parliament.

He is to be sworn-in on Sunday at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC).

Chakwera will be the country's sixth president.

Him and vice president Chilima sought court redress after MEC announced Mutharika as winner of the May 31 Tripartite Election.

In May this year, the Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the Constitutional Court to nullify the poll citing massive irregularities.