PPM to pick presidential candidate for Malawi 2014 polls

People’s Progressive Party (PPM) will hold its on Thursday January 23 in Blantyre to elect a presidential candidate for May 20 elections.

PPM acting president Mark Katsonga Phiri is expected to be endorsed as the party’s torch bearer.

The party spokesman Redson Munlo said the convention will also fill all the positions in the party.

PPM Executive Members with their President Mark Katsonga

PPM Executive Members with their President Mark Katsonga

He said the convention will be followed by primaries to elect candidates for parliamentary and local government elections.

PPM has ruled out getting into an alliance with other parties unless potential ‘suitors’ accept its 20-point plan.

As part of the 20-point plan, PPM plans to decentralise government’s consolidated account, also known as Account Number One, to curb mismanagement scandals such as the notorious Cashgate.

PPM reckons districts will have the autonomy to decide how to utilise taxes and other government revenue collected within their jurisdiction, with those that cannot manage to fund their own affairs being jolted up to be more enterprising.

Also in the PPM blueprint are plans to transform Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) into an umbrella of all farmers’ cooperatives to ensure farmers profit more from their produce.

In its radio advert announcing the convention, PPM says: “Chenjezo kwa aMalawi: samalani ndi zipani zokulira ku Sanjika.”

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