NAIROBI, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday congratulated Peter Mutharika on his re-election for a second term as the president of Malawi.
The 78-year-old Mutharika was on Monday declared the winner in the May 21 presidential elections after garnering 38.5 percent of the vote following a stiff competition from the opposition.
In his message, Kenyatta said Mutharika's re-election by millions of Malawians in a peaceful election is not only a demonstration of the confidence the people have in his leadership but also an attestation of Africa's maturing democratic profile.
"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," he said.
The Kenyan leader said the strong bond of friendship, historical bilateral ties and a shared vision for progress that should form the bedrock of the renewed Kenya-Malawi relations in Mutharika's second term in office.
The Malawi Electoral Commission said Mutharika, who heads the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), garnered nearly 159,000 more votes than opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera, of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).