Malawi President Joyce Banda has said there is no vacancy at State House and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Peter Mutharika “is fantasising ” if he thinks that he will be the next Head of State after July 31 elections.
President Banda advised Mutharika to drop his dream of flying the presidential helicopter, saying she will remain at State House beyond 2014.
She gave the piece of advice to Mutharika when she addressed a development rally on Friday at Namasimba Primary School Ground after laying a foundation stone for the construction of Nancholi Health Centre in Blantyre City South constituency.
“If he comes to Sanjika to take the helicopter after 2014 elections, he might just be courting very avoidable trouble with the law. Where will he be taking the presidential helicopter without my permission as Head of State?” said President Banda.
She was making reference to a declaration by Peter Mutharika at the end of the DPP convention in April that once he becomes Malawi President he will immediately take a helicopter flight to respectively open the Ndata University in Thyolo and the World Inland Port in Nsanje.
Banda said she is sure to remain in the job beyond next year’s elections because her performance resonates with people’s expectations and aspirations.
“I have done in the short time in office what others failed to achieve despite their tenure being longer.”
“Not only that,” she added, “Malawi needs home-grown leadership; the kind of leadership that can identify with the needs of the people.”
The Malawi leader hit out at her critics who question the impact of her leadership, telling them that the most valuable development she has brought to the nation is ‘freedom’.
She explained that freedom is very important because it is the fulcrum around which all social-economic development holds.
“Freedom is very important. To be able to do all the things, you need freedom. You can have all the money, but you can’t use it if you don’t have freedom,” explained the Malawi head of state.
Banda said that because of freedom people are able to go about their businesses with all their vigour and enthusiasm, which in turn has ensured that the nation should have the positive energy with which to achieve the social-economic progress it needs.
“The fact that forex is here now, fuel is available, our foreign relations are normal, we now are a country that enjoys peace of mind. This is a very important ingredient that we need in the mix as we seek to move forward,” she said.
President Banda said she was happy that the interventions she introduced after taking office are working.
“In terms of the energy sector, the power stations at Kapichira 1 and Kapichira 2 are ready and will be commissioned next month. Besides, a total of 21 urban centres will be electrified before the elections,” she stated.
She acknowledged the existence of food shortages in the country, and assured the people that her government has already rolled out interventions to avert any possible suffering.
“Besides, the government interventions, I will also be distributing food stuffs that I mobilize personally using my own resources. I hope this time I will not hear some people whining why I am doing that,” she said.
President Banda announced at the rally the elevation of T/A Nsomba to being Senior Chief.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :