President Joyce Banda on Thursday fired the starting gun on the 2014 election campaign when she addressed a rally at Namitambo in Traditional Authority Kadewere in Chiradzulu hitting at one of her challengers in May 20 polls Peter Mutharika and human rights activist Seodi White.
Clad in full People’s Party attire, President Banda told the massive crowd that the challenges the country faces in the past year is matched by the strength of her optimism that the PP administration will rise to meet them.
“I will continue programs that I have started and I will make sure that you all have food this year,” Said Banda.
President Banda said 2013 where God answered several prayers of Malawians and she dubbed 2014 “a year of possibilities.”
“2013 was a year where God answered our prayers and am glad to say 2014 is a year of possibilities,” said Banda adding that it is possible for Malawians to have decent homes, have wealth and have enough food.
In her speech, President Banda did not explicitly mention opposition DPP leader Peter Mutharika, but made tacit references to his dismal performance when he served cabinet.
“There are some people who went to Education Ministry and failed; they went to Ministry of Justice and failed; they went to Foreign Affairs and diplomats were chased,” she said in apparent reference to Mutharika.
Banda prides herself as a success stateswoman, saying before she became President, she excelled in all portfolios she held both at party level and in government.
The Malawi leader in her speech also hit at rights activist Seodi White who criticised the speech she made at the funeral of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
“I made a speech at the funeral and the whole world applauded except only one woman in Malawi. Ndinawauza kuti asiyeni, ndiwosavuka[I said leave them, they are shameless people],” said Banda.
White questioned President Banda’s claim that she forgave those who persecuted her when she was the country’s vice-president.
The activist has said she sticks to what she said and challenged that will not stop criticising those who use public funds.
In her speech, President Banda signalled new Government initiatives aimed at preparing Malawi’s economy to growth from recovery through social programmes to eradicate poverty.
The Malawi leader talked of the Mudzi transformation Trust which she said has built over 500 houses, a Cow a family project among other projects.
“My government introduced a lot of programs that are supporting the poor in the villages; the Mudzi Transformation Trust has built over 500 houses, A Cow a family project has distributed over 500 cows, we have built over 30 Maternity waiting shelters in various districts and all these programs are helping people in the villages,” said President Banda
Banda said she is optimistic that problems that rocked the country last year will come to an end this year.
The president distributed thousands bag of maize to hunger stricken families and donated cows to selected households.
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