MCP unpacks first-100-days in power plans

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) said the first 100 days into power their government will save about K240 billion a 40 per cent leakage of the total national budget which Malawi is losing through looting and theft at Capital Hill.

The party’s Director of Campaign Felix Jumbe told journalists in Lilongwe on Tuesday that if voted into power, their government under the leadership of Dr Lazarus Chakwera will seal all loopholes that lead to cashleak of public funds.

“We have seen that most of the services like health, education, agriculture and infrastructure meant for the poor Malawians have been crippled because of this leakage,” he said.

Jumbe and Kabwila addressing the journalists

Jumbe and Kabwila addressing the journalists

Jumbe said MCP will bring back the lost glory by making sure that drugs are available in all hospitals, civil servants are paid in time, food is available at both household and national level.

He said they will introduce universal subsidy to take over from subsidy program which has rendered most people in the country food insecure.

In her earlier remarks, the party’s Publicity Secretary Dr Jessie Kabwila said the party has all the confidence that they will be voted into power come May 20, rubbishing  the two opinion polls.

“These polls are a mockery to Malawians and it is a different from what is happening on the ground,” she said.

An opinion poll released on Friday by the US-based Afrobarometer placed the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Peter Mutharika as a frontrunner with 27 percent of the vote followed by Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and incumbent President Joyce Banda of People’s Party (PP) at 21 and 19 percent respectively.

The Afrobarometer controversial opinion poll, conducted between March 23 and April 7 2014 with a sample size of 2 400, placed Atupele on fourth position with 14 percent.

Others opinion poll by  London-based Economic Intelligence Unit, Malawi;s online news outlet Nyasa Times and Research Tech Consultants favoured Banda to win the forthcoming elections, followed by Chakwera and other nine candidates.

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