The majority of the crowd, decked out in blue attire—the colour of the DPP- scores of foreign dignitaries from Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania, witnessed the historic and poignant ceremony when Mutharika received the sword of honour from Commander of the Malawi Army, General Griffin Spoon Phiri, to symbolize that now he was being given powers as Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Malawi.
Everybody was elated. Thousands of other spectators were outside the stadium and followed the proceedings from loudspeakers.
As Mutharika was receiving the sword, a 21-gun salute boomed in the background, two days after Mutharika was sworn in as President by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda in a ceremony at the same venue, alongside the Vice President Everton Herbert Chimulirenji.
Mutharika has started his second and last term which ends in 2024 after defeating his main competitor Lazarus Chakwera of the MCP by over 150,000 votes in the first-past-the-post-system.
Just as at the swearing in ceremony, on Friday Mutharika, accompanied by the stylish First Lady Gertrude Mutharika, arrived at the stadium in a posse of cars, complete with 10 Police motorcycles outriders. Jubilant supporters were on cloud nine.
Scores of DPP youths mobbed his convoy, alongside police security.
The President was welcomed by his Vice President, who ushered him into the presidential podium where dignitaries sat.
The ceremony started with prayers from several Christian and Muslim clerics, who prayed for continued peace, unity and development
After receiving the sword of honour, the President inspected a guard of honour, mounted by soldiers wearing red-tunics from the first battalion of Cobbe Barracks. He also inspected the brass band of the Defence Force, which provided military music and played the national anthem several times.
When blue and white balloons were realized into the Stadium air, the great ceremony was coming to its climax.
Finally, the famous and smartly dressed Malipenga dancers from Nkhata Bay concluded the memorable event with their beautiful dance steps.
What a great Friday of May 31, 2019, to remember!