Leader of the People’s Party (PP) Joyce Banda on Saturday met district and regional committee members of the party in Eastern Province, urging them to put the past behind them and to remain united “as children of one family”.
The meeting, which was held at Domasi in Zomba, also attracted hundreds of non position holders from the surrounding villages and trading centres and Banda could not help it but to address the masses as well.
“I wish to pay my tribute to all of you for your unwavering support. You have supported me all along not only as a political leader but one of your own. You must know that I do not take this support for granted, and I would like to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart,” said Banda, former President of Malawi.
The PP leader, clearly in a jovial mood, urged all party members to remain grounded in the party ethos of unity, equity and development and to be foot soldiers of the party’s grassroots development.
Said the former President: “I would like to remind each one of us that we have an enormous responsibility to represent the party at every level and recruit others into the PP family.
“We must be resolute in this mission to ensure that the party remains active from the grassroots. We are in opposition now and we must accept it, but we must not lose sight of our ultimate objective of strengthening the party to win the next election in 2019.”
She also advised chiefs from the area to remain non-partisan and to serve their subjects with diligence to ensure that development projects are distributed equitably.
Banda also vowed to continue with her transformative development projects like a cow per facility and to ensure that lives of poor people in the villages are uplifted.
The party’s Vice President responsible for Southern Region, Brown Mpinganjia, PP Deputy National Treasurer General Yusuf Matumula, Deputy Secretary General Ireen Chikuni and Provincial Governor Samson Msosa were also in attendance.
JB, as she is fondly called by followers, has already been to the northern, central and southern for similar meetings.