OCU Hosts Malawi Presidential Candidate

Steve McCain; Drs. Jerry Reiger, Mark Smith, Chris Daza, Dave Garrison

On February 5, 2013, Ohio Christian University hosted Secretary General, Chris Daza, the leading candidate for president of the country of Malawi. Daza, as the head of the Malawi Congress Party (the majority political party in Malawi), will be the party’s candidate for president of Malawi in his nation’s 2014 elections.

In addition to Daza, Dr. Jerry Regier attended the day’s events. Regier served in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, and George W. Bush. Additionally, Regier was a former cabinet member for Governor Jeb Bush and the founder and former Executive Director of Family Research Council.


Dr. Chris Daza, Malawi General Secretary

Daza and Regier met with OCU President Mark Smith to discuss Daza’s numerous faith-based and political initiatives in Malawi and to learn about Ohio Christian’s accomplishments. Smith commented, “Our meeting with Secretary Daza was an excellent opportunity to build relations between our two nations and our universities. Dr. Daza is interested in agriculture and country resources.” Smith added, “It was also an opportunity for OCU students to better understand the issues facing a lesser developed nation who wants to embrace the proper role in government in a Christian democracy!”

Daza addressed students and faculty in chapel services. Later, he met with students to discuss his challenges of being a faith-based candidate running for office in Malawi, a former British Colony and one of the least developed nations in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Daza also explained to the students that he was running on a platform of free enterprise principles, sanctity of the family, rule of law, and secure property rights with the hope to attract American firms to invest and assist development of Malawi.

Daza, in addition to being his party’s Secretary General, is the founder and president of Eldabar International Learning Institution, based in Switzerland since 2001, and he has established the Eldabar International University in South Africa with Campuses in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Daza was recently accorded the first Senior Fellow of Geneva Institute of Leadership and Public Policy in 2011 for his efforts to improve both the economic and political conditions of the African people of Sub-Saharan through his training programs.


Dr. Chris Daza (right), Secretary General of Malawi, with Dr. Mark Smith, OCU President

Daza left for Washington D.C. later in the afternoon to meet with members of President Obama’s administration and other government officials prior to his return to Malawi.

Daza was the guest of OCU’s Government Program Director Monty Lobb and former congressional candidate and Chair of OCU’s Business and Government Department Dave Garrison for extended policy discussions.

The Republic of Malawi is located in Southern Africa, east of Zambia and west of Mozambique. Malawi covers an area of 45,560 square miles (slightly smaller than Pennsylvania). The population is about 16,000,000. Malawi is a multi-party democracy, currently under the leadership of Joyce Banda, who assumed the position in April 2012 when President Bingu wa Mutharkika died.