Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Saturday, June 27, 2020 declared Dr. Lazarus Chakwera as six Malawi president after winning fresh presidential elections that were held on June 23, 2020.

Chakwera got 2.6 million votes against Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progrossive Party (DPP) with 1.7 million votes representing 58% of the national total votes.

Chakwera went into polls alongside with Dr Saulos Chilima under Tonse Alliance

This means Chakwera is new Malawi leader with Chilima as Vice President of Malawi.


Dr. Lazarus Chakwera was born in Lilongwe, now the capital city of Malawi, on 5 April 1955.[2] He was born to a subsistence farmer in the outskirt of Lilongwe city.[3] Two of his brothers born before him died in infancy. His father, believing that he would live, gave him the name Lazarus as the Bible character who was raised from the dead.

He is the only son with surviving sisters.[3] Lazarus Chakwera is married to Monica and together they have four children and grand children.[4]

In 1977 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) Degree from the University of Malawi. He got his honours degree (BTh) from the University of the North, Sovenga, South Africa. In 1991 he got his masters (MTh), from the University of South Africa.[4] The Trinity International University, in Deerfield, Illinois, USA awarded him a doctorate (D. Min) in 2000. The Pan Africa Theological Seminary awarded him professorship in 2005.[2]


He has worked as an instructor at the Assemblies of God School of Theology from 1983 to 2000 where he became the Principal in 1996. He has been the co-director and a lecturer at All Nations Theological Seminary.[5] Since 1989 he has been at the helm of Malawi assemblies of God presidency[5] On 14 April 2013 he took many by surprise when he declared his intentions to run at a Convention of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) as president while still maintaining the Assemblies of God Presidency.[6] His landslide victory at the MCP convention went down in history of Malawi as the first of its kind of any political party in Malawi.


Professor Lazarus Chakwera’s interest in politics became known to the public on 9 April 2013 when rumours of his interest to join the presidential race of the MCP were on the online media.[7] The rumours were confirmed later to the public on 14 April 2013.[6] Chakwera later submitted his nomination papers while still at the helm of the Malawi Assemblies of God.[8] The MCP convention slated for 27 April 2013 was later postponed.[9] to 10 and 11 August where he was elected as the president of MCP and he will represent the party in the 2014 general election.

During 2014 Malawi General elections, rumors speculated in different platforms that the elections were rigged. Chakwera addressed all Malawians to maintain Peace, accept the outcome and wait for the next coming elections. Besides being successful as the main opposition party president, he also serves Malawi as a member of parliament for the Lilongwe North West Constituency.

Chakwera announced his resignation as the Head of the Malawi Assemblies of God (AG) with effect on 14 May 2013.[10] He said this would enable him to concentrate more on front-line politics. He remains God’s minister known to serve God’s people in a different context other than the church.[10]

Dr Chakwera joined forces with UTM leader Dr Saulos Chilima, forming an Alliance in preparation for the June 2020 Malawi General elections. This happened when Court ruled out the 2019 General elections due to massive irregularities after DPP claimed victory.