Chakwera says MCP to take Malawians to another level: Chides cashgate

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday addressed a mass rally at the country’s considered political barometer, Ndirande squatter township in Blantyre city where he among other this condemned rampant corruption in government.

Chakwera warned the electorate against voting “cashgate politicians” saying a few Malawians have gotten rich while the majority further slip into deep poverty.

“Reject and resist leaders who throw leftovers to our people while they amass unexplained income from the ‘well-wishers’,” said the former president of Assemblies of God Church in Malawi.

Chakwera in Blantyre
Chakwera in Blantyre

Chakwera accused the Joyce Banda administration on the infamous cashgate scandal where billions have been plundered from the state coffers, saying steps taken on the matter are largely cosmetic.

He said looting of public funds and protecting those responsible is one of the greatest crimes any government can commit against its citizens.

Chakwera told the crowds that MCP wants to get into government so that the lives of many Malawians change for the better and that his party is ready to take Malawians to another level.

Chakwera said there is need to recapitalise the education system by building on the existing infrastructures and institutions with the provision of resources that have a broad spectrum of services for the youth.

He also talked of commercialising agriculture to enable farmers make profits from their produce.

“If MCP takes power [on May 20], I will ensure that agriculture should be profit-oriented among many farmers in the country,” he said.

Chakwera said to achieve this goal, he would bring fertiliser-manufacturing companies so that farmers will be able to buy fertiliser at cheaper prices.

Chakwera appealed to Malawians to trust him and MCP, saying his party will facilitate change, unleash potential and distribute development fairly and equitably.

“We are the solution to the problems as we have the experience to deal with problems that have ailed Malawi for the past 20 years and continue to face in the face today,” he said.

He said MCP and Chakwera are the team to trust for transformational leadership.

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