Chakwera promises to end Malawi begging bowl

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Dr Lazaraus Chakwera promises to move Malawi from aid dependency to trade and investment.

Chakwera made the remarks when he held campaign meetings on Friday in the area of Chiuzira, Kang’oma, Mpeya, Matapila, Chowe and Chiwamba in the eastern side of the Capital City Lilongwe.

“I am not trying to undermine the role that aid plays, but MCP’s main aim is to move away from aid dependence to trade and investment,” he said.

Chakwera during the whistle stop
Chakwera during the whistle stop

Chakwera promised people that his government will ensure equal distribution of country’s resources such as the universal fertiliser subsidy. He said to achieve this goal, he would bring fertiliser-manufacturing companies and farmers will be able to buy fertiliser at cheaper prices.

He said once voted into power this month, he will commercialise agriculture to enable farmers to make profits from their produce.

“If MCP takes power later this month, I will ensure that agriculture should be profit-oriented among many farmers in the country,” he said.

From Chiuzira Chakwera stopped at Kang’oma, Matapila and Chowe.

But it was at Chowe where there was a huge crowd of people clad in MCP attire. At this venue Chakwera paraded aspiring Members of Parliaments and councillors.

Speaking to the jubilant supporter, Chakwera said MCP will end donor dependence syndrome.

“Malawi is famous for two main issues at the moment; Number one is cashgate and secondly is begging from the donors we can’t operate the government like that, this will have to change,” said Chakwera.

From Chowe, Chakwera wrapped up his day at Chiwamba in the area of Traditional Authority Chimutu where he promised to revive the once vibrant mighty railway system which economic experts brand  it as the most cheapest and affordable  mode of the transport in the country.

Chakwera also promised the voters that MCP will ensure drug availability in public health facilities.

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