Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera’s whistle-stop meetings in the eastern region attracted handful of supporters but the presidential hopeful went on to deliver his message that he will ensure sound economic management and better standard of living for Malawians if elected into power.
MCP torchbearer was in Zomba on Saturday, the home of President Joyce Banda and where United Democratic Front (UDF) and also Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have strong support.
But depiste the poor turn-out at Thondwe , Mayaka, Zaone and Jali , Chakwera told a sizeable crowd at Mponda Freedom ground in the city of Zomba Malawi does not need leaders with higher education standards, but with true and high moral values in order to save people of Malawi with honesty and dignity at all times.
Chakwera said he was confident of turning the tables on President Banda, who will be his main rival in the election, which is expected to be the most closely fought since the country first conducted its multi-party democratic elections in 1994. Other front runners for the presidency include Atupele Muluzi of UDF and Peter Mutharika of DPP.
“Only MCP knows how to solve problems besetting Malawians,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera, a former president of Assemblies of God church in Malawi, told his supporters he was confident of winning the poll, but urged them to turn out in large numbers to cast their ballots to make it impossible for the government to rig the result.
The MCP leader then asked the people to work hard towards their self-reliance in agriculture, businesses and in education, saying these are the basic needs of any human kind.
The whistle stop tour started on Friday with the public lecturer at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi, and ended on Sunday at Liwonde Township in Machinga district after touring Chinseu, Chingale, Masaula trading centers where he curried the same message of hope to all people.
While at Liwonde, Chakwera he told the gathering that the purpose of the tour to the region was to revive the party which has been considered as for Central region and not for all Malawians.
He criticized the current administration on what is called cash gate scandal, arguing that it has damaged the dignity of the country and trust from donors.
Chakwera requested the authorities to quickly come up with solutions to the problem.--(Additional reporting by Green Muheya, Nyasa Times)Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :