Kenya President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has congratulated Lazarus Chakwera for winning Malawi’s recently-concluded presidential election rerun.
“It is with a great sense of joy that we join our Malawi brothers and sisters in celebrating your victory as the incoming President of the Republic of Malawi following the Tuesday presidential election,” said Kenyatta on Tuesday.
“On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of Kenya and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey my warmest congratulations on your well-deserved victory,” he added.
Chakwera, 65, secured the required majority, with 58.57 percent of last Tuesday’s vote, flooring the incumbent Peter Mutharika.
The poll came five months after the constitutional court annulled the results of a May 2019 vote over irregularities.
Trade between Kenya and Malawi has continued to register growth over the years and is attributed to the launch of the COMESA Free Trade Area in 2001, bilateral arrangements between the two countries and promotional activities by the mission.
Kenya’s exports to Malawi comprise edible oils, margarines, detergents, baking powder, kitchen and table wares, spices, blankets, beauty products, toiletries, irrigation pumps, tyres, and textiles and crafts.
Imports from Malawi include, maize seed, electrical conductors, tobacco, and precious stones.
Kenyatta said Kenya and Malawi enjoy “warm and historical ties dating back to pre-independence times, facilitated by shared aspirations for growth and development, and a strong Pan-Africanist spirit traced back to the work done by the founding fathers of our two Republics, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda.”