Chakwera says Malawi needs leadership change to move out of poverty

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful in the coming elections, Dr Lazarus Chakwera, says Malawi will continue to be among the least developed nations in the world unless there is leadership change.

He said this in Blantyre on Wednesday as he addressed supporters during a campaign rally the MCP conducted at Njamba Freedom Park in the run up to the May 20 tripartite polls.

Chakwera, a new face on the political scene, observed that Malawi continued to be a poverty-stricken nation 50 years after independence as a result of poor leadership that has failed to instil the hardworking spirit among Malawians.

“If we don’t change leadership, we will continue facing the challenges we’re facing right now. Malawi needs a leader who has the vision and determination to transform this nation from poverty to prosperity,” said Chakwera.

MCP President making his speech....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Chakwera:  Nothing for us without us….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Nothing for Us Without Us

MCP Women dancing for Chakwera.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

MCP Women dancing for Chakwera…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

MCP Vice President and the wife on the podium....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

MCP Vice President and the wife on the podium….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Njamba in a jiving mood....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Njamba in a jiving mood….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

People listening attentively to Chakwera.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

People listening attentively to Chakwera…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Pointing out that the MCP does not believe in hand-outs, Chakwera reminded the people that no communities or nations in the world attained economic growth through freebies, but through hard work.

He observed that economic empowerment through small scale businesses and good agricultural policies were some of the strategic plans the MCP had put in place to transform the lives of poor Malawians that constitute over 50 percent of the country’s population.

“Malawians it’s time to vote for a president who is development oriented; a leader who will change Malawians from beggars to hard-working and self-reliant people. MCP is the party with such leadership and it’s time to say enough is enough, vote MCP, vote Chakwera on May 20,” he told the crowd.

Chakwera further promised people that his government will ensure equal distribution of country’s resources such as the universal fertiliser subsidy to enable all farmers to buy fertiliser at cheaper prices.

Saying his government will establish farmers’ clubs, Chakwera said agriculture should be profit-oriented, hence he would commercialise the sector to enable farmers make profits from their produce and help in the growth of the country’s economy.

On education, the MCP torch bearer said the country’s education, especially in public institutions, standards had gone down.

He therefore promised to restore the system to its “lost glory” by providing more learning institutions from primary to university levels.

“Education standards in this country are in a sorry state. We need more public schools whose standards should be at par with private institutions,” said Chakwera.

He pledged the construction of more technical and vocational schools and said apart from building more colleges, those which were closed down would be reopened.

The MCP leadership also promised to improve the working conditions for civil servants. He claimed that up to date, some civil servants were yet to receive their March-April salaries, a development he said would not be experienced under his reign.

Chakwera also promised the sizeable voters who gathered at Njamba that MCP would ensure that the country has good hospitals stocked with enough drugs, medical equipment and personnel.

There are 12 presidential candidates  to compete for the country’s hot seat as 7.5 million eligible Malawian voters will be going to cast their ballots on May 20.

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