JB vows to continue pro-poor initiative: Seeks her own mandate

President Joyce Banda has asked Malawians to vote for her during the May 20 elections for the continuation of the pro-poor initiative she is undertaking in various under served communities.

Speaking on Sunday during a rally she held after she switched on the electricity at Lunjika in Mzimba district under the Phase 7 of Malawi Rural Electrification Project, President Banda said it is evident that if Malawians will not vote for her, the next president will not continue the pro-poor initiative she is undertaking.

“I am especially talking about a cow per family initiative and Mudzi trust in which I am constructing houses for the poor. It is a known fact that anyone who will come after me will not continue these projects. So for the continuation vote for me,” she said.

President Banda says will continue with Mudzi housing scheme
President Banda says will continue with Mudzi housing scheme

President Banda reiterated that she will continue giving people handouts and that noone should fault her on that.

“Even in western countries there are ultra- poor people who survive on handouts so no one should fool me on that. I am saying I will continue to give help to those in need,” she said.

President Banda reminded Malawians that for the past two years she has been in power she managed to put the country back on track after the previously administration messed around with it.

“ Now the country has enough fuel and forex shortage is history. There were plenty of maize in ADMARC depots between the months of December and January and all the Malawians had access to the maize”

She also said his administration had abolished the arbitiray political arrests which was the norm during the Democratic Progressive Party  dministration when she said politicians were being arrested at will.

When Banda took over government in 2012, she embarked on an Economic Recovery Plan to revive the country’s economy which had sharply declined evidenced by forex and fuel shortage in the country.

She said the Economic Recovery Plan had five sectors in focus, including development of the mining sector. This sector, according to the President, has potential to steer the country’s economic independence if well managed.

As such, the President asked Malawians to vote for PP government to enable it to continue with development activities that are geared at improving the livelihood of Malawians.

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