United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi on Sunday took his official presidential campaign to the capital city Lilongwe, where he said the new UDF is poised to govern the country having already championed the agenda for change.
Addressing thousands of enthusiastic supporters at Masintha ground, Atupele said stressed his determination that he is ready to govern the country after the May 20 Tripartite Elections.
“Those who are underrating me because of my youthful age are doing So on their own peril. Make no mistake, Atupele will be president of Malawi in May 2014,” said the UDF torchbearer.
Atupele promised to build more wards at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) and a district hospital in Lilongwe to ease the pressure exerted on (KCH)) and repair roads in the townships.
He also promised a football academy in Lilongwe and good infrastructure to deal with street vending.
Atupele who started his speech with “Dzuka Malawi! Dzuka” depicting a campaign song by Lucius Banda, said UDF’s manifesto pledge to introduce social protection policies which will see people without sources of income getting paid by the government and introduction of universal fertiliser subsidy instead of the coupon system in the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp).
He said the UDF will remove the veil of secrecy on how public funds and resources are used.
“I will also ensure that people have money in their pockets by creating job opportunities,” he said.
Atupele added that local councils through ward councillors will be empowered to initiate development activities.
Several musicians, including Lucius Banda and Zembani Band, his brother Paul, urban musician Black Jak entertained the patrons.