Malawi’s new President, Lazarus Chakwera (65) argued with God for leading him to an un-natural direction (to become president).
He had made this revelation in a video published by St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in California, saying: “But after a lot of discussion, God was saying that: I’m extending your ministry so that you’re able to pastor a whole nation”.
He became president after leading the Assemblies of God for 24 years and revealed that making the decision to become a politician was not easy.
In 2017, he said that in the conversations with God, he turned to chapter three of the book of Exodus in the Bible, in which God appears to Moses and says he should lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
He said this convinced him that a leader can address both the spiritual and the social needs of the people but clarified he does not want to turn Malawi into a theocracy and neither does he want to proselytise.
He charged Malawi to embrace unity after he was sworn in on Sunday, saying “But he then said it was no good just having a dream. The time has come for us to go beyond dreaming. We all must wake up because this is a time to arise from slumber and make our dream come true.”
The man of God (in a deeply religious country) emerged as leader of the Malawi Congress Party in 2013 without having any previous political experience.
Malawi is decimated after a divisive 13 months following the disputed 2019 election, the result of which was cancelled by the courts, as brave judges who rejected a ‘second-rate election’.
Assemblies of God is one of the largest Christian denominations in the country.