Malawi’s opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) which is headed by 35-year-old presidential hopeful Atupele Muluzi has disclosed that it will unveil its electoral contract with Malawians – manifesto- in January 2014.
The party’s spokesman Ken Ndanga disclosed that UDF’s manifesto for 2014 tripartite polls with a focus of ‘agenda for change’ will be read for launch in January.
He said the manifesto has been drafted based on consultatons with various stakeholder including the electorate and after feedback from the national policy conference the party held in October.
According to Ndanga, job creation for the youth is at heart of the party’s program focusing to build an agri-industry which, they say, will create jobs for the unemployed youth.
The next UDF administration will introduce entrepreneurship right from primary school curriculum and skills development through provisions of skills development programs at tertiary level, according to Ndanga.
“The biggest challenge the youths have is unemployment . We will introduce scholarships for needy students with potential in the fields that will help grow the economy.
“We will encourage young people with ideas for investment and link them to lending institutions, guaranteed by government to realize their potential and create jobs for themselves and others as well,” asserted Ndanga.
He also described “cheap programs” aimed at manipulating voters as a short term glory, observing they cannot bring sustainable development to the country.
“The state must master the discipline of managing its public purse by setting right priorities. Development comes by design and not by default and the UDF party is ready to govern,” said Ndanga.
He further said they will reduce presidential powers saying currently the “presidency has too many powers and these have not been used for the benefit of the people of Malawi.”
“The UDF party is prepared but Malawians ought to understand that preparations for elections is a process and there are a number of activities that have to be conducted as part of the preparations and these include, preparation of the electoral manifesto and identification of candidates for parliamentary and local government elections,” justified Ndanga adding that his party will deliver change for Malawi through transformation of its people, economy and society.
“We will create jobs and wealth for all Malawians, especially the youth,” added Ndanga.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :