Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera to be chief guest on Kenya's Mashujaa Day

Monday October 18 2021
Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera, the new SADC chairman.

Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of States and Government Summit in Lilongwe, Malawi, on August 17, 2021. PHOTO | AMOS GUMULIRA | AFP


Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera will arrive in Kenya on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, the State House Nairobi has announced. 

He will be in Kenya for a three-day state visit.

Mr Chakwera, who will be accompanied by his wife Monica, will be the chief guest at this year's Mashujaa Day (heroes day) celebrations at Wang'uru Stadium in central Kirinyaga County on October 20, 2021.

After that, he will be received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Thursday. 

Mr Chakwera, a former evangelical preacher, came into office in June last year after winning the election against incumbent Peter Mutharika. 

He led Malawi's oldest party, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which ruled the country between 1964 to 1994 under Hastings Banda's one-party rule.


Chakwera was named Lazarus after the biblical character who was raised from the dead.

He took degrees in philosophy and theology, was president of the Malawi Assemblies of God from 1989 to 2013 and then became the MCP's leader.

Additional reporting by AFP