Malawi’s new President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday said he would pursue policies that had been adopted by his sibling, former president Bingu wa Mutharika, before his death two years ago.
Mutharika, who was elected in disputed elections last month, told Parliament in a speech that his government will continue Bingu-era policies.
“We will continue from where we left in 2012 to fight poverty, under-development and economic and social injustices that are still prevalent in our society,” he said.
Under Bingu wa Mutharika, Malawi severed diplomatic ties with the former colonial power Britain while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suspended loans to the poverty-stricken nation amid concerns over governance issues.
The 74-year-old president, in his address, said he was “fully aware” that Malawians have expressed dissatisfaction with some of the governance and administrative systems and structures of the country.
“I have heard the concerns and share the dissatisfaction. I therefore, wish to promise Malawians that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led Government is determined to put in place systems and structures that will promote good governance and transform the economy,” he said,
Mutharika told the august House that the DPP has a “comprehensive” blue print which is “consistent with our people’s aspirations.”
In mirroring late Bingu wa Mutharika, the President said “DPP is a party that dreams in colour.”
He pointed out: “I realize, however, that our situation is such that dreaming alone is not enough. Actual progress will only come about through actions and not mere dreaming.
“Government will, therefore, ensure that these dreams and aspirations are always translated into implementable and effective policies.”
On international relations, the new president said his administration would actively engage donors towards mutual goals that included embracing home-grown policies and doing away with one-size-fits-all approaches.
“We will pursue people-centred international relations that will translate into Malawi’s ability to meaningfully participate in international trade,” he said.
Mutharika stressed that the DPP-led Government still stands on the pillars of prosperity, justice and security.
“With the support of all Malawians, we will make Malawi a truly democratic and progressive nation, for this is the wish of the nation. This is the dream of our people,” he said.
Mutharika titled his State of the Nation speech: “Transforming Our Country into a Prosperous Nation with a Shared Vision.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :