Joyce Banda blasts ‘failed’ DPP govt: Promises universal fertilizer subsidy if elected Malawi President

Former president Joyce Banda, who is also opposition People’s Party (PP) leader,  has announced she will introduce universal fertilizer subsidy if she is given the mandate to rule the country again.

Joyce Banda plans another run at the office in the 2019 elections

Banda, 68, recently returned home after four years of self-imposed exile when she lost power after being embroiled in a massive graft scandal in which government officials siphoned off millions of dollars of public money.

She has since described her two year tenure of office  from 2012 to 2014 as most successful and better as compared to the current regime of President Peter Mutharika.

Banda, who is popularly attributed to ending power outages, said this at a public rally she addressed at Mataka ground in Machinga Central East constituency where she also promised to bring back power in within a short period of time.

She said the way Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) is being administered leaves a lot to be desired.

Apart from accelerating corruption,  Banda said the program has also helped to bring hatred amongst members of the community.

“I hear people are getting about 30 coupons per village, I will introduce subsidy for all,” she said.

At this point, Banda said her government had done a lot of development activities in just two years some of which include improvement in the economy, fuel and electricity.

Banda who started her political rally with introduction  of new members from other parties said she is touched with the poverty levels in the country, accusing Mutharika and his government of failing to govern.

She has bemoaned the hunger problem that has engulfed some of the districts in the country, including, Machinga.

The former president has challenged that she will continue with development programs including construction of houses for the needy.

Speaking earlier on at the rally, PP Treasure General Yusufu Matumal said Banda is a flag carrier and a true ambassador of 50-50 campaign for women leadership  being championed by civil society organizations and all other relevant stakeholders in the electoral matters.

Matumula said Banda and her People’s Party, have demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that it is possible for a woman to be a leader.

“We have a leader who has shown the people world over that it is possible for a female leader to lead and perform wonders just like  Joyce Banda. JB is a gender issue, we are a gender issue,” said Matumula.

The former President is currently in a crusade addressing a series of political meetings indicating her political stance.

She has since been to Zomba, Blantyre and Machinga before heading north through Nkhotakota.

Banda founded the PP in 2011 after splitting from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which is led by President Peter Mutharika.

She was Malawi’s first female president, serving from April 2012 to May 2014, but analysts say she stands little chance of victory in the next polls.

“Her chances of winning are very slim. Her party is in tatters. The decision to leave the country for so long eroded trust of Malawians in her leadership,” said Henry Chingaipe, a political scientist at the University of Malawi.

Her downfall came in part from the so-called “Cashgate” scandal, the biggest financial misconduct in the country’s history.

Banda says she did nothing wrong and that the allegations against her are politically motivated.

After she returned to the country in April, police said an arrest warrant against her was valid, but two months later she has been neither charged nor arrested.

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Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

Mwananyanian, you are right. Anthu ena anawapatsa ng’ombe za mphongo eti azikama mkaka. Zoona? Usawiiiii, chichi? Enanso anangowapatsa zingwe zaoranje, ng’ombe sizinabwere mpaka lero. Musayetse taiwala; timacha posachedwa.

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

Amaiwa anakhalitsa komwe anakabitsalako. When She was a caretaker president, she had two national budgets prepared by her. The 2012/13 and the 2013/14 were PP budgets; why did this crooked woman not introduce universal fertilizer subsidy? The universal fertilizer subsidy has been the song of the inexperienced MCP to rule in a multiparty democracy. The fact that JB is selling MCP policy is evident enough that the parties MCP and PP have formed an electoral alliance. It is not the first time they have formed such a working alliance. Lutepo told Malawians that Amai adamupatsira Ndalama za cashgate kukamupatsa Chakwera… Read more »

MWENDATO
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MWENDATO

The district of Machinga, kwakuntembwe, ku mombo, Balaka rural have areas of njala right from the time of late Dr. Kamuzu Banda. izi ndi dale basi

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

Akuti agogo a Joici Bandas PhD (hence Dr Bandas, of late) spent some of her time in the USA at Howarder University, in Washington DC, where she successfully defended her thesis: “Serious economic benefits from various subsidies I introduced in Malawi, from 2012 to 2014.” Note: some prominent economists specializing in Third World development have literally laughed off her two projects of giving livestock to villagers (some promptly sold off for food), and of building cheap two room brick houses, with lowest grade corrugated iron sheets (life span three to five years) Her supervisor was enameled by the candidate’s energy,… Read more »

Mvahe
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Mvahe

Goooo mayiiii goooo more fire ayambakale kukuopaaa zoyankhula phwiiiiiiii nanga… Bubu wanuyuuuu angamakeeee ndi nabiwi to iyiiiiii azimyi titakateeeee pp yanyamukeee

Makolija
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Makolija

Sad!

Chappe;
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JB is continuing where she left off when she campaigned for the Presidency in 2014, i.e. promising freebies. She handed out bags of maize, bicycles, cows, even houses to try to garner votes. Four years absence from the country means she has lost touch with what the country really needs. She also failed to bring those six traitors to justice. Had she done so, APM would not have been able to manipulate himself into power. No, JB had her chance in 2014 and she blew it. There’s no way back for her now.

ndele
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ndele

yeaah blasting us, shit ndife anaako??????? mxiiii just fuck this fat bitch with stinky mouth, zokauza anthu akwanu aja akungounjikana pakhomo pako kumamwa tea ndi ndi ma fanta. bastards,nfwi nfwi,
wacita bwino wabwera azungu omwe umawanamizao to gain their hand. ubwererasotu, suunati,
zisilu nzomwe zukulondola pambuyozo, nnankunyinda iwe. tisiye tisankhe tinfuna ife osati anancibwe inu

shorio
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shorio

A DPP mangani mbava ya mai iyi. Ndiponso munayenera kumumanga upon arrival pa airport. Mai wokuba, wankhanza, wachimtima cha nkhwidzi uyu. Olo zitatani ng’0000 sungauone u President. Fotsekiiiiii

Munthali ka
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Munthali ka

This business of just introducing more freebies as If it’s from your pocket should stop! How longer shall we continue to waste money on recurrent expenses? I want my tax to go to infrastructure development. That’s the only way to develop this country and amen end this cycle of dependency!

Nambewe
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Nambewe

Mau! Mau! This means the candidate is lying!!! she just wants to attract yur attention . Of all people Jopyce Banda why does she think people can trust her in Malawi? She thinks ife ndakape! if she gets voted in she will just look after herself like last time! Talk about failed governments! shame on you Joyce Banda to have the gall to show your face again in Malawi politics! shame on you! people died because of you! people suffered hardships because of you!

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