Chakwera  wraps up campaign, optimistic to win

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) flag bearer in the Tuesday, May 20 presidential polls, Dr Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday made his  final pitch to Malawians  with a basket full of promises, asking them to come out in large numbers on Tuesday and vote in his favour.

Wrapping his campaign confidently that he is going to be the next occupant to the State House, Chakwera told hundreds of supporters that gathered at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe, that MCP is the only party offering Malawians hope of a developed nation.

“I call upon all Malawians to wake up early on Tuesday and vote for Chakwera and MCP.  The time is now, we must decide the destiny of this country,” he said.

Chakwera: I have the experience to lead
Chakwera: I have the experience to lead
MCP supporters at Masintha during the final campain rally on Saturday
MCP supporters at Masintha during the final campain rally on Saturday

Chakwera had a whistle stop tour in Dedza district before holding the rally at the ground.

Accompanied by the party’s former president John Tembo, Chakwera assured the supporters that he has enough experience to run government affairs despite coming from a faith leadership role.

“If insulting your opponents, stealing monies from the poor people and not caring for the poor is what constitute a politician then am not one.

“But if it takes someone who has the welfare of people at hand by giving back what they deserve regardless of who they are and where they come from then in Chakwera you have good leadership,” he said.

Among other things, Chakwera said the MCP led government will initiate a medium to long-term economic agenda that will steer quick economic recovery, growth and national development.

“We will be presenting to parliament an investment-oriented budget that subsidizes production not consumption, improve the quality and quantity of education and restore the trust and confidence of Malawian tax payers and cooperating partners in the public financial management systems,” he said.

Apart from Chakwera, other three main contenders out of the 12 to appear on the presidential ballot are President Joyce Banda of ruling People’s Party  (PP), Atupele Muluzi of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Malawi uses the “first past the post” system, meaning a candidate who wins the most votes carries the day.

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