They said when the righteous is on the throne people will rejoice. Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chekwera is an example of the above statement. He is a God-fearing man. He has just been elected the president of Malawi, winning the incumbent president through a free and fair election held yesterday in Malawi. His winning was due to records of good achievements in Assemblies of God Church. Below is the profile and brief history of Dr. McCarthy.
Brief History of Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chekwera
Dr. Lazarus Chakwera was born in Lilongwe, now the capital city of Malawi, on 5 April 1955. He was born to a subsistence farmer in the outskirt of Lilongwe city. 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. Lazarus Chakwera is married to Monica and together they have four children and grandchildren.
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. Since 1989 he has been at the helm of Malawi Assemblies of God presidency. 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. His landslide victory at the MCP convention went down in the history of Malawi as the first of its kind of any political party in Malawi.
His political career
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. The rumours were confirmed later to the public on 14 April 2013. Chakwera later submitted his nomination papers while still at the helm of the Malawi Assemblies of God.
The MCP convention slated for 27 April 2013 was later postponed 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.
Chakwera announced his resignation as the Head of the Malawi Assemblies of God (AG) with effect on 14 May 2013.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.
Today he has been declared a winner and the president of his country Malawi.
we say congratulation to a man of purpose and vision. we know you are going to lead your people with fear of God. Your leadership in Assemblies of God church malawi is a proof. we shall say to God of Assemblies.
All we say is thank you lord.