|Real Name/Full Name||Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera|
|Nick Name/Celebrated Name:||Lazarus Chakwera|
|Birth Place:||Lilongwe, Malawi|
|Date Of Birth/Birthday:||5 April 1955|
|Age/How Old:||68 years old|
|Parents Name:||Father –Unknown |
|College:||University of Malawi, University of the North, University of South Africa, and Trinity International University.|
|Wife/Spouse Name:||Monica Chakwera|
|Kids/Children Name:||Nicky Chakwera, Violet Chakwera, Tapiwa Chakwera and Marlyn Chakwera|
|Profession:||Politician, Theologian and Teacher|
|Net Worth:||$2 million|
|Last Updated:||November 2023|
Lazarus Chakwera is a famous Malawian politician, theologian, and teacher who is currently the President of Malawi since June 2020. Also, in the presidency sector, he gave himself a cabinet portfolio as minister of Defence.
President Chakwera has also been the leader of the Malawi Congress Party since 2013 and was previously the leader of Opposition in the National Assembly. He was also elected as the chairperson of SADC and was also the president of Malawi Assemblies of God from 1989 to 2013.
Biography and Early Life
Lazarus Chakwera was born in Lilongwe located in Malawi on 5th April 1955. His was named Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera after birth by his parent who he has not revealed their names or either alive or dead. Also, he has not revealed any of his brothers and sister. Lazarus was born when the country was under British colonial rule and his family was subsistence farmers in the city’s outskirts.
Like any other child, he was taken to school though he has not revealed his lower levels. However, he went to the University of Malawi9 and earned a Bachelor of Arts [Philosophy] Degree.
He studied theology and gained an honour degree at the University of the North in South Africa. He had his master’s degree [MTh] from the University of South Africa. He later gained an award in doctorate [D. min] from the Trinity International University in the United States.
Personal Life: Wife, Kids, Daughter, etc
When he was of age, he found the love of his life Monica Chakwera and married her in 1977.
He began his family and together they were blessed with four children namely; Violet Chakwera, Nicky Chakwera, Tapiwa Chakwera, and Marlyn Chakwera. He has a big family considering that he already has grandchildren. The family lives a luxurious life happy together.
Career as a Theologian
Lazarus’ career as a theologian began when he worked as an instructor at the Assemblies of God’s School of Theology and he later became the Principal. During the All Nations Theological Seminary, he used to be the co-director and a lecturer.
Again, he presided over the Malawi Assemblies of God and took many by surprise when he declared his intentions to run at a convention of the opposition Malawi Congress Party [MCP] as the president while still maintaining the Assemblies of God Presidency.
In his political career, he had intentions to run in the MCP’s presidential race and he submitted his nomination papers while still at the helm of the Malawi Assemblies of God.
He won the nomination and was elected the president of MCP and he represented the party in the general election. Apart from being a successful main opposition party president, he also served as a member of parliament for the Lilongwe North West Constituency.
Resignation from Ministry
Later, he resigned as the head of the Malawian Assemblies of God which he did so as to concentrate more on front-line politics, taking the view that he was still serving God in another context.
Lazarus was free and joined forces with Saulos Chilima who was the UTM leader and multiple other parties to form the ‘Tonse Alliance’ in the preparation for the Malawi General elections, with Chilima running as the Vice President.
Chakwera Wins 2020 General Elections
During the 2020 elections, Chakwera defeated incumbent president Peter Mutharika, becoming the sixth president of Malawi with almost 59% votes. Malawi also became the first African Country to have its presidential election result overturned due to irregularities and the opposition leader went on to win the re-run election.
After becoming the president, he began criticism where he started appointing his family members to cabinet. The cabinet had over six members who are his relatives. Chakwera went ahead to elect his daughter as a vice president which made him face criticism. During his leadership, he has had a strong relationship with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The aim of this relationship is to promote green technologies in Malawi.
In an interview with a Broadcasting Station, Chakwera remarked that he will be elected in 2025 and Malawi Congress Party also have indicated that Chakwera will stand in 2025 because he is allowed to do so by his party’s constitution.
Awards and Nominations
President Lazarus Chakwera hasn’t been ranked with any award nor honour. However, becoming the president of Malawi is a great achievement for Lazarus. He is focused so as to win some awards in days to come and in the future.
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Lazarus Chakwera in 2023
Lazarus Chakwera has an estimated net worth of around $2 million. He has gathered all from his able career as a theologian and also in politics. Being the president of Malawi has played a great role in raising his wealth.
President Lazarus Chakwera earns a salary of $74,300 (K60,409,497) annually. This translates to a monthly salary of $6,192 (K5,034,396).
Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know
- Chakwera was involved with much criticism and controversies on electing his family members and relatives as members of cabinet and also elected his daughter as the Vice President.
- President Chakwera is a renowned theologian who has served in a ministry for many years before resigning to join politics fully.
Lazarus is one of the successful men in Malawi. His position in the politics section is one of sources of his success. He is currently the president of Malawi and working hard to be re-elected in 2025. His leadership techniques are examples to many. He is an inspiration to many people in Malawi and all over the world.