JB: God wants me to prepare Malawi to receive blessings

President Joyce Banda Sunday launched her party’s manifesto for the 2014 tripartite elections where she claimed God has “plans” for her to prepare Malawi to receive blessings.

President Banda said the launch of People’s Party’s (PP) manifesto witnessed the beginning of a cross over from the first 50 years of the country’s independence to the next 50 years.

“Today is a great day for me because God has placed me in the transit lounge to prepare Malawi to receive the blessings of the next 50 years.

President Banda present certificate to candidate Joyce Chitsulo

President Banda present certificate to candidate Joyce Chitsulo

“This is why I have established the High Level Development Council to reflect on the past 50 years and coordinate dialogue among Malawians on the aspirations of the next 50 years. Many individuals and organisations have agreed with me on this decision,” she said.

President Banda observed that every five years the country goes to polls to choose a new Government and members of parliament and to demonstrate commitment to democratic governance and constitutional order.

“And this time, after 14 years, the People’s Party government will make it possible for our people to exercise their franchise to elect a Local Government, and for the first time to hold Tripartite Elections,” she said.

She said her party had rescued the country from the mismanagement and abuses of the past government but observed there was “a lot of work to do in order to turn our country around and create the foundation for a clean and competent Government that meets the aspirations of our people.”

She said: “As we seek our full term mandate, we are still reminded of the painful past of the previous administration which was characterized by shortages of foreign exchange, fuel, drugs and many other essential services.

“We are reminded of poor relations with our development partners and some of our neighbors. We are reminded of poor political and economic governance; of human rights infringements and a slowdown in industrial production. We are reminded of the retrenchments of many workers and closing down of many businesses.

“This did not only lead to increased suffering of our people, but also alienated them from the government that was supposed to serve them,” she narrated.

This, therefore, she said called for an urgent and fundamental change, which her party proposed in the manifesto for the consideration of Malawians.

“In the short time I have been president, we have taken decisive action to heal the country, recover the economy, and build a strong foundation for growth.

“We have also taken very far reaching measures in dealing with fraud and corruption including engaging foreign forensic auditors. These steps represent the beginning of a transformation agenda that the People’s Party is proposing to implement,” she said.

Banda also presented certificates to PP candidates for the tripartite elections.

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