JB assures Malawians of normal fuel supply till April 2013

President Joyce Banda on Friday said she does not expect another fuel crisis in the country before April next year.

She made the remarks at Thundu Primary School Ground in Senior Chief Chikowi’s area where she went to distribute maize flour to underprivileged families affected by hunger in the country.

The President said she was sad to learn that the few days she was attending the Common Market for East and Southern Africa summit in Uganda people had started queuing up for fuel.

“Last week ‘ndinali kunja ndinangomva kuti anthu akugona ku filling station; ine ndati unami! Unami! …ndati kuyambira pano kufika pa April, ndisamvenso nkhani yosowa mafuta,(while I was attending the summit I just heard that people are queuing at filling to buy fuel stations, I am saying that’s a big lie, I don’t want another fuel shortage before April next year ),” said Banda.

President Joyce Banda

Touching on development, she said the Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) her government has adopted would ensure that the country’s economy is back on track and that every Malawian should be able to enjoy the success.

She said Malawians were at liberty to question the progress of the programmes in the ERP but not until next year.

Government projected that by the end of 18 months the country’s ailing economy will have started showing signs of normalizing.

President Banda said people should not forget that she is working hard to rectify problems that emerged as a result of bad governance by the previous regime of the Democratic Progressive Party (DDP).

She said there were a lot of people of good intention who attest to the fact that people’s lives have changed for the better economically, attributing the progress to her leadership style.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Uladi Mussa said people of Zomba should be the first to give President Mrs Joyce Banda enormous suppor,t since those from other regions had already done so.

He reminded people that everything happens according to time and that Banda’s ascendance to the presidency was a matter of time, noting that it was only proper for everyone to accept that she is now ruling the country.

President Banda was sworn in to the high office on April 7, 2012. She assumed the high office after former president Dr Bingu wa Mutharika passed on April 5, 2012 of cardiac arrest.

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