Newly elected Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president the Reverend Lazarus Chakwera said on Saturday at his rally in Mzuzu that his election to run for the country’s top seat is the start of the long journey to change the nation for the better.
Chakhwera said the people of Malawi were looking forward to seeing development of the Malawi economy in order to improve their lives.
He said the country has been lacking behind in development and economic growth due to lack of strategic direction which he said the rejuvenated MCP is ready to provide.
The MCP president said Malawi is the least development country in Southern African Development Community.
“We in MCP are ready to provide the leadership, new vision and direction is to transform Malawian lives in all sectors,” he said.
Chakwera maintained his message that Malawi needs a common national vision and agenda if it is to move forward and develop.
He said the new MCP offers hope to the people that have been looking for leadership that is selfless and that would be servant leadership.
“We are ready to provide service and direction so that everyone knows where we are going; and where we would want to be,” he said.
He said under his leadership, MCP will transform Malawi from a low income country to a middle income country once he gets into government come 2014.
“Today corruption is a political business that transforms a few greedy politicians from poverty to prosperity; it is my wish that under the leadership of MCP, it should be the people who should be transformed by bringing in tangible development and prosperity to the grassroots,” said Chakwera.
He criticized the Joyce Banda administration for what he said failing to maintain standards for the infrastructural developments in form of schools and colleges, hospitals, maize silos-where maize is rotten and agriculture schemes.
Chakwera also bemoaned that public university intake is decreasing and expressed disappointment that there is low electricity generation which results into frequent power blackouts.
From Mzuzu Chakwera is heading to Karonga and will storm Southern region next week, a departure from the approach by former MCP president John Tembo who restricted himself to the party’s stronghold, the Central Region.
Chakwera, a former president of Malawi Assemblies of God before he wrested the MCP presidency from Tembo at the party’s convention, takes a new approach to visit all regions to strengthen the party.
Tembo remains leader of opposition in parliament.
Among notable faces present at the rally were the MCP first vice president Richard Msowoya, Secretary General Chris Daza, Administrative Secretary Portipha Chidaya, Felix Jumbe and group of MCP Members of Parliament.
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