God had a purpose for me to be Malawi President –JB

President Joyce Banda has said  her rise to power when former President Bingu Wa Mutharika died of a heart attack in 2012 came because God has a “purpose” .

Addressing a gathering of people on Friday at Chatuwa Primary School ground in Lilongwe during a whistle stop tour, the President reminded the people that took over from a DPP government a collapsed economy riddled with chronic fuel shortages, limited foreign exchange reserves and no funds for basic public services.

Two years on, Banda said her People’s Party government she has made tremendous strides.

President Banda and her vice president nominee Gwengwe

President Banda and her vice president nominee Gwengwe

PP supporters who turned up for their leader

PP supporters who turned up for their leader

President Banda said she has a lot to offer to Malawians once voted into the presidency seat and start her own full five year mandate.

She cited the construction of houses for the poor, promotion of women and ensures that they ventured into different businesses and also construction of guardian shelters in almost all the rural hospitals as some of the things to give out to Malawians after May 20.

“God put me on this position for a purpose, my two years of leadership has proved that it is possible to change things in this country,” said Banda, adding: “Therefore, I would like to ask you my people to vote for me and expect this country to change for the better.”

Banda reminded Malawians of the challenges the country faced before she took over office and promised to do more for the good health of the people of this nation.

“Malawians must appreciate that when I was taking over the Presidency this country was at fire, there was shortage of forex, inadequate supply of fuel and ADMARC hardly had maize. But God made it possible that I bring comfort to the people, I can today boast that we have enough fuel to take us for the next 15 days, enough forex and surplus maize to feed the country,” she said.

Sosten Gwengwe, Peoples Party (PP) Presidential running mate concurred with the President Banda wooing Malawians to vote for the party and its leaders for the country to remain at its fast growing rate.

“What else can we say we are looking for, God gave the leadership which we should celebrate and embrace,” Gwengwe explained.

Malawians will be casting their votes on May 20 in a country where the stakes have become very high.

Incumbent President Joyce Banda is representing the Peoples Party, while Former President Bakili Muluzi’s son, Atupele, is leading the United Democratic Front. Late President Bingu Wa Mutharika’s brother, Peter heads the Democratic Progressive People’s party and Lazarous Chakwera is the flag bearer for Malawi’s oldest political party, Malawi Congress Party.

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