Malawi women urged to desist from ‘pull-down syndrome’- Pres. Banda

President Joyce Banda on Friday advised women to desist from pulling each other down in order to mitigate violence against women at all levels.

Banda was speaking at COMESA hall in Blantyre during the international women’s day commemoration which outlines achievements done by women and emphasizes on the need to respect women’s rights.

President Banda noted that some women in the country continue to pull down development programmes initiated by their fellow friends due to jealousy which spoils the country’s development.

“Jealousy cannot take us anywhere. Let us promote and defend each other for the benefit of everyone,” advised Banda who added that; “Because of jealousy, whatever we do has an impact on our children.”

President Dr.Joyce Banda and other dignitaries participating during the International Women's Day celebrations at COMESA hall in Blantyre.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

President Dr.Joyce Banda and other dignitaries participating during the International Women’s Day celebrations at COMESA hall in Blantyre.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

She therefore appealed to churches to assist women suffering various forms of injustice in order to make Malawi violence free.

The President also advised women to respect their husbands for giving their spouses the opportunity to partake in leadership positions.

“It is the support or the lack of it from the husbands that determines a woman’s success or failure. I would therefore urge you to treat your partners with respect to reap the fruits of your partnership,” advised Banda.

Commenting on results of Bingu’s Commission of Inquiry, President Banda said the findings of the inquiry are shocking and appealed to Malawians to take their time and read it.

“You should take your time to read the report so that you can appreciate circumstances surrounding the death of the former president and learn about the sinister motives some unpatriotic Malawians had regarding the issue of succession.

“Over and above I would not like people to politicize the report just as I would not be ready to talk about it in my political meetings,” Banda further advised.

She said she would make sure that the report becomes available in all government libraries to ensure that the nation maintains its history.

On the availability of maize in ADMARC selling points, the president said her government is watching everything with keen interest.

She said some vendors are buying the maize dubiously from the ADMARC selling points disclosing that some have already been apprehended by the police on account that they were repacking the maize in plain bags ready for diversion.

On the source of the maize and flour which she distributes to hunger stricken people, Dr Banda disclosed that farmers world and lab Processors are the ones that provide her the commodities.

“Who so ever is interested to know the truth can just go to these companies and ask them for receipts because what I simply do is to give them an order to pack the maize or flour and ask them to deliver it wherever it is required.

Just recently Consumer Association of Malawi Executive Director John Kapito has been quoted by the media as asking Dr Banda to disclose the source of the maize and flour which she goes about distributing to people. Kapito alleged that the president gets the maize from the government grain reserves to use it to gain political mileage.

This year’s international women’s day is being commemorated under the theme ‘Stop violence against women’.

President Dr.Joyce Banda speaking during the celebrations at COMESA hall in Blantyre. Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

President Dr.Joyce Banda speaking during the celebrations at COMESA hall in Blantyre. Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

President Dr.Joyce Banda and the International Women's day committee Chairperson Regina Phanga (right) entering the COMESA hall during the celebrations.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

President Dr.Joyce Banda and the International Women’s day committee Chairperson Regina Phanga (right) entering the COMESA hall during the celebrations.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

Part of the audience during the celebratios.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

Part of the audience during the celebratios.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

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