Mutharika barnstorms Zomba: Says DPP to restore ‘lost glory’

Business came to a standstill on Thursday afternoon in Zomba when Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika invaded Malawi’s Eastern Region old capital to launch the party’s manifesto and campaign.

The convoy carrying Mutharika and Eastern Region DPP vice president Yunus Mussa went around the streets of Zomba followed by hundreds of party supporters whereas other onlookers stood on the wayside.

It was time for DPP to officially launch its 2014 tripartite elections campaign in Zomba in particular and the Eastern Region as a whole.This comes after the party had launched the same in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

Mutharika conferring with girl friend

Mutharika conferring with girl friend

Mutharika arriving at Mponda School ground.

Mutharika arriving at Mponda School ground.

DPP regional govern east

DPP regional govern east, Charles Jika

Mutharika's convoy parading around Zomba City Market.

Mutharika’s convoy parading around Zomba City Market.

One of the vehicles carrying maize silo

One of the vehicles carrying maize silo

The venue of the rally was Mponda Primary School ground where various party speakers made statements focusing on the lapse in security in the current Joyce Banda administration.

But one group village head Kapilikula stole the show when he minced no words by emphasizing that people should attend all political parties’ rallies in order to make informed choices.

“I know that not all of you gathered here are DPP supporters but the point is let us get issues from their manifestoes that can uplift our livelihood. It is my hope that when voted into power on May 20 tripartite elections, the DPP government will turn things for the better.

“For example, the Joyce Banda administration said group village heads should be getting at least a honorarium of K20 000 per month. Guess what, we are about fourteen of us in Zomba-Malosa but only four of us are yet to receive the said honorarium just because we allow opposition parties to campaign in our territories,” he claimed.

In his remarks, Mutharika outlined that when voted into the high office, his government will ensure to have a lean cabinet of 20 ministers.

“We are ready to govern this country by ensuring quality service delivery of the civil service, proper accommodation or conditions of service of Malawi Police, improving working conditions and salaries of teachers, empowering the youth by creating wealth opportunities such as opening entrepreneurial training colleges, and restoring the lost glory in issues of security, among others,” Mutharika said.

He added that his government will continue with the farm input subsidy programme saying, it is the only way to sustain food security in the country.

The DPP presidential candidate said he wants a peaceful campaign period and urged party supporters to desist from violence.

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