Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and 2014 torch bearer Dr Lazarous Chakwela has said Malawi need statesmen and not politicians for economic transformation.
Speaking in Lilongwe on Sunday during the whistle stop tours he conducted in the city, Chakwela said Malawians are in the current economic and leadership mess due to selfish political leaders who do not have the welfare of the people at heart.
“The problem with politicians is that they always think of the next election while statesmen think of the next generation, this is the crop of the leaders that the country need and not what we have currently,” said Chakwera to thousands of supporters.
“We don’t need leaders that will hide maize somewhere and come to you at this time and promise that they will give you food and yet they are failing to make sure that in Admarc depots we have the same,” said the MCP leader in apparent insinuation to President Joyce Banda who is distributing maize to the impoverished.
“It’s high time that we have the leadership that will make sure that Malawians should have food all year round and if there is food shortage, they should be able to buy it at Admarc and not starving them first and come up with empty promises,” he said.
The MCP presidential hopeful emphasized that every person has peace of mind whenever he is able
to fend for himself than wait for hand-outs.
“If elected into power in 2014, MCP will make sure that we empower economically and to have plenty of food, “he said.
During the whistle stop tour which started at Kauma with a prayer at Chikowa CCAP, through Mgona, Mtandire, Chigwiri and Chinsapo, Chakwera tackled issues of security lapse, youth empowerment and agriculture among others.
Notable faces which accompanied the MCP president were the party’s vice president Richard Msowoya, campaign director Felix Jumbe, parliamentary chief whip Joseph Njobvuyalema and spokeswoman Jessie Kabwira.
Other MCP lawmakers who joined Chakwera on whistle-stop included Makala Ngozo, Jean Sendeza, Alekeni Menyani and Jolly Kalelo among others.