President Joyce Banda on Sunday assured the people of squatter Ndirande Township in the commercial city of Blantyre that her People’s Party (PP) government will ensure improved living standards for people across the country, including those in urban areas.
The President, clad in orange attire including a ‘PP’ hat, held a Development Rally at Nyambadwe Primary School Ground, Malabada, in Malawi’s most populous township.
She had earlier inspected housing projects, including a brick-moulding project where bricks are mould from cement and sand only thereby conserving the environment, both under the Mudzi Transformation Trust aimed at providing decent shelter to the less-privileged.
President Banda noted that city dwellers were among the worst affected by abject poverty and that it is her intention to give them the necessary social amenities, including decent shelter, decent roads, potable water, good roads and medical facilities, among others.
“Some people wrongly think it is only people in rural areas; in the villages that are living in abject poverty. No; it’s not only them because people in townships like in Ndirande here are worse off, too,” observed the Head of State, adding that as such, her government would not turn a blind eye to their suffering, hence putting in place various initiatives like the Mudzi Transformation Trust to fight this poverty.
President Banda said with the Mudzi Transformation Trust, she hopes that living standards of many Malawians will change where they shall better houses and income.
On another note, the Malawi leader reiterated her resolve and commitment to fighting corruption and ridding the public service of thieves and crooks.
“The fight against corruption that I have started will not stop because people are threatening me; the money they stole belongs to Malawians and I will ensure that they face the wrath of the law,” assured President Banda.
President Banda told the people of Ndirande that her government has lined up a number of development projects, from improvement in general infrastructure development and energy; from rail to water transport; and from airport and road infrastructure earmarked for implementation in the medium and long term.
The President noted that her government has since resumed work on projects that were halted during the previous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration because money meant for such projects was misappropriated.
She cited the Zomba-Jali-Phalombe-Chitakale Road, among others.
During the meeting, the President announced the elevation of Traditional Authority Kapeni to being Senior Chief “for being one of the chiefs who are genuinely development-conscious”.
Speaking earlier, Maggie Chimpukuso, Chairperson for the Mudzi Transformation Trust, assured Malawians that the initiative is for all Malawians regardless of their party affiliation.
PP Provincial Chair for the South, Issac Nyakamera, Deputy Secretary General, Irene Chikuni and Acting Secretary General Paul Maulidi assured the people that in President Banda, they had a truly caring and patriotic leader who genuinely has their welfare at heart.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :