The United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate in the May 20 Tripartite elections, Atupele Muluzi has said Malawi will only develop if all people unite regardless of their political affiliation.
UDF presidential hopeful said this on Saturday when he conducted whistle-stop tours in Phalombe North East and Phalombe East constituencies.
Atupele said multiparty politics must not be understood to mean permanent division along party lines but should mean unity in diversity.
“It is only through the unity of the whole nation that we can overcome the problems and challenges of poverty that our people have had to endure 50 years after independence,” he said to supporters.
Atupele said to be united does not mean Malawians should agree on everything or to belong to one political party and hold one political outlook.
“It simply means that we should always start from the desire for unity, resolving contradictions and differences through criticism or struggle and arriving at a new unity on a new basis,” said Atupele who on his way to the rallies had stopped and waved at rival DPP supporters and greeted them.
Atupele said UDF once voted into government in the May 20 Tripartite Elections it will build a district hospital in Phalombe, which despite being upgraded to a district status over 15 years ago.
He said access to good health facilities for Malawians is one of his main priorities and as the country will be celebrating 50 years of independence, the people of Phalombe deserve better just as other people other districts in the country.
“It is saddening to note that after 50 years of self rule, Phalombe has never had a district hospital. Health is a priority and every person has a right to good health. It is high time Phalombe had a district hospital just as its neighbour, Chiradzulu,” he said.
Atupele also said he will remove the coupon system and bring universal fertiliser subsidy so that everybody is able to purchase farm inputs.