God wants me to remain Malawi President – Joyce Banda

President Joyce Banda has justified the bid for her own presidential mandate in the May 20 elections, saying it is the wish of God.

Banda said this on Sunday at Mzuzu Stadium when thousands of people braved the chilly weather that was characterized by rains especially in the morning hours to witness the launch of her presidential campaign in the northern region.

“I have hope that God has blessed me,” the devout God’s worshiper Banda said.

President Banda confident of winning the elections

President Banda confident of winning the elections

President Banda and her running mate Sosten Gwengwe

PP supporters cheers President Banda

PP supporters cheers President Banda

Aford president Enock Chihana and his wife were also there

Aford president Enock Chihana and his wife were also there

PP gurus at Mzuzu stadium

PP gurus at Mzuzu stadium

PP display maize as part of its food security policy of farm input subsidy programme

PP display maize as part of its food security policy of farm input subsidy programme

Governing People’s Party (PP) and Aford supporters trooped into the 10,000 capacity stadium to witness the colourful campaign rally.

President Banda also blasted the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for seeking a comeback into government, saying it failed to rectify Malawi’s moribund economy in the twilight years of its leader former President Bingu was Mutharika.

“In fact the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is happy with how I have ruled Malawi in the two years I been at the helm. They are also happy with how I have stopped the pilferage of government funds [which started in 2005 under DPP rule],” Banda said.

She also took head on other Presidential candidates with no experience for public office saying there is no way they can rule Malawi.

“If you have never been an MP, cabinet Minister or President, then you cannot be President. What will you do at State house?” Banda queried.

Among the 11 presidential candidates, it is only MCP Leader Dr Lazarus Chakwera, Umodzi Party Leader Professor John Chisi, United Independent Party boss Helen Sigh, People Transformation Party’s Kamuzu Chibambo and NASAF’s James Nyondo, who have never been MP or cabinet minister.

Banda reiterated that her government will continue with social programs such as the Mudzi Transformation Trust, Social Cash Transfer, Livestock and Motor Cycle Distribution to the youth among others, to improve people’s living standards.

She said programs like Mudzi Transformation Trust are making huge impacts as they are changing people’s lives.

President Banda said all these programs are contained in the PP’s Manifesto, as such, people should vote for them (PP) in the forthcoming tripartite elections.

During the campaign launch, President Banda outlined her government achievements during the two-year tenure such as consistent of fuel in the country’s filling stations and that of forex in the country’s commercial banks.

The PP campaign launch was spiced up with a parade of floats displaying the achievements of President Dr. Joyce Banda’s government among them, Safe motherhood intervention, Mudzi Transformation Trust and Livestock programs.

Music performances by celebrated artists Skeffa Chimoto, Joseph Mkasa and the famous JB Sisters entertained the crowd.

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