Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Dr Lazarus Chakwera has expressed the hope that his party will regain the momentum and support it used to have during the days of the late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
He was speaking over the weekend during a marathon of whistle-stop tours the party had in Zomba City, Mayaka, Jali, Chingale and rallies at Mponda Primary School ground as well as Liwonde Community ground.
Chakwera said party followers must play a pivotal role in restoring the lost glory of MCP that had the type of leadership which emphasized on sustainable food security, quality education and efficient health service delivery.
Said Chakwera: “MCP wants to provide inclusive development and leaders that are not self-serving. There is need to have a national development plan which can be subscribed to by everyone in government. I can assure you that we are ready to revitalize those developments that have been neglected by the past regimes because they wanted to introduce their own things.
“I am talking about how we can make agriculture such a big business by making sure that we enable everyone across the board to have access to farm inputs. This will put to rest the habit of perpetual hunger being experienced time and again in the country. We can do this if we increase productivity, its quality and make sure that we are not only
producing for ourselves but for export to other countries.”
He decried the recent Capital Hill cash-gate which has resulted in public resources being plundered by what he described as the privileged few.
“The country’s essential service deliveries in health and education institutions have been ran down. When you have people dying daily due to treatable diseases in our hospitals or when you have a workforce of health and teachers that are completely demoralized because they are not paid on time, just know that the whole system is in total mess,” he said.
The MCP president added that there must be restructuring of certain things in the education sector whereby young people can be trained in all manner of competences and be the driving force of the economic development of the nation.
He said government should invest education in the youth and have people who can make decisions based on knowledge so that they are not oppressed or deliberately put in the dark those that do not know anything adding the country cannot always let politicians to decide the destiny.
Earlier on Sunday, Chakwera attended church service at Zomba CCAP as well as Goloti CCAP at Chingale area in the district.