The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has said it is excited that President Joyce Banda is using the manifesto of the party and its founding leader late Bingu wa Mutharika .
DPP Regional Governor for the North, Ken Sanga said this in an interview on Tuesday when he was asked to comment as to how his region has welcomed the 10 million -liter- strategic fuel reserves project for both diesel and Petrol valued 26 million USD (K9 880 000 000) which Banda launched at Sonda in Mzuzu.
Sanga claimed that although Banda talks ill of DPP that it brought fuel shortages in April 2012 due to forex non-availability at Malawi’s commercial banks, forcing people to queue and spend nights at filling stations and bringing the nation to a verge of collapse, the Sonda project constructed by the Apollo International Limited with funding from the Indian government was initiated by the late Mutharika.
The statement comes barely after President Banda told the gathering at Mzuzu upper stadium on Tuesday that the fuel reserves initiative is one of her economic recovery solutions she hatched.
Said Sanga: “President Mutharika before he died preached about the construction of fuel reserves at every political podium including building silos for maize and it is surprising to hear president Banda claiming this dream is her baby when she is simply implementing it.”
At the Mzuzu upper stadium, President Banda and energy minister Ibrahim Matola thanked the Indian High Commissioner to Malawi, Vanlal Huma for financial support his government renders.
Huma assured the Malawi government that his office will speed up the project construction so that the tanks are filled up with the fuels to supplement the 15 million litter fuel government provides in the country.
Inkosi Mtwalo of Mzimba thanked both the Indian and Malawi governments for the project brings development to his area.