Joyce Banda rejects ‘mbofyo mbofyo’ jab, talks decent housing: ‘I will save Malawi from DPP failures’

Former president  and  leader of People’s Party (PP), Joyce Banda  continue to address political campaign meetings seeking votes in 2019 presidential elections and has told people of Mzimba  that her programs that target the poor are the only recipe for social economic transformation of the country.

Banda speaking in Mzimba: My focus is to improve the livelihood of the rural population

Banda with a beneficiary of Mudzi Transformation Trust houses in Mzimba

Crowds at Joyce Banda’s rally in Mzimba

Before the rally,  Banda  visited the Mudzi Transformation Trust houses, Khosolo Cluster.

When the former leader took over government in 2012, she focused on five  key set priorities under the Economic Recovery Plan (ERP), as a short term measure to address numerous social economic challenges that engulfed the country.

Infrastructure development, tourism, health, agriculture and food security energy and mining, as well as sustainable economic growth were some of the set key priorities.

She has always emphasized on the need for decent and affordable housing, hence the introduction of Mudzi Transformation Trust.

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) abolished the Mudzi Transformation Trust when it came to power in 2014  as it dubbed the houses as “mbyofo mbyofo” and replaced it with Decent and Affordable Housing (Cement and Malata) Subsidy Program.

The Malata subsidy is being implemented using tax payers money following parliament approval and is based on the principle of equity to ensure that 79 percent of the country’s population as revealed by the 2008 Housing and Population Census who live in grass thatched houses can have a decent house.

But Banda  disregarded the “mbofyo mbofyo”  tag, saying  a decent housing for people, provision of social amenities including portable water, equitable and accessible health and education service delivery as well as good sanitation services is key to the country’s social economic transformation.

She has constructed houses for the poor and the needy in a quest to bridge the gap that exist between the rich and the poor.

Banda has since challenged that she will continue with the program of helping the needy in provision of decent housing.

She told old friends she visited in Khonsolo that the heart to help the needy is in born and ought to be an attribute of any caring leader.

On agriculture, Banda said she will introduce universal farm input program and abolish h Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) currently being used by the President Peter Mutharika administration.

Banda  said the universal Farm Input Program  will help to address numerous challenges that have characterized the targeted FISP.

She said the current program has so many gaps that needs to be filled as it has only helped in creating hatred amongst people due to limited number of targeted beneficiaries.

On education, Banda said provision of quality services in education such as school blocks, teaching and learning materials, teachers houses, girls hostels, training of teachers and improvement of their social welfare is the only way that will help revive the dwindling education standards.

The PP leader said quota system would not be there if there is enough space to accommodate all in the government institutions of higher learning.

She has since called upon government to start using the withholding shelters that were constructed for use of pregnant women in some hospitals, but have not been functional since she left government.

Talking about economic transformation, Banda said potential investors would not be interested to invest in a country with no reliable energy generation.

She said the power outages the country is facing are only scaring away potential investors.

Banda said she has the key to turn around the tables in as far as power and energy generation is concerned.

She said blackouts would be water under the bridge if given an opportunity to rule the country again.

The former leader is expected to attend a dinner in her honour at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe before addressing a mass rally at Masintha ground.

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Kibaki
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Kibaki

Stop lying #DzukaniAmalawi, there’s no way DPP can win. Mark my words. On that day, feel free to call me or email me of the elections results. Who can vote for DPP again?

Samuel
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Samuel

kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkvote ili mumtima osapusisidwa ndi media mudzakhumudwa chitsiru chilindi mwini. There is a great shake up taking place from now up to 20th Match next year. Otaya akutaya otola akutola. waaaaaaaaa!

Nambewe
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Nambewe

Stop lying!!! how can you save Malawi when even up to now Malawi is trying to put right the mess you made for Malawians? You are heartless woman! do you realise how many lives passed away because of your bad management in government? You are treating Malawians like they are idiots! Indeed if they vote for you again Malawians are absolute idiots! You are only in Malawi because the money you stole has now dried out!!!!

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

No one has ever figured out the behaviour of Malawians. It is a mystery that will forever baffle the best of the best psychologists. No one will ever know how Malawians will vote; it is like a throw of a dice. mark my words, Joyce Banda will probably be able to amass at least 15% of the votes. DPP probably 39% and MCP 37%. 9% will be shared by smaller parties.

Nambewe
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Nambewe

as long as Joyce Banda does not et into government! she is a killer! incompetent liar! dangerous to our economy

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

Running a country should go beyond DPP failures, think strategically and bring new changes and go above that, not dpp failure. e.g. if DPP tells us to eat zitete, it is failing to tell us to eat msima, so should you bring msina ya deya will we say we have improved? So to hell with both DPP, PP, MCP, UDF

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

We dont need any of you guys, we nned revolutionaries who really think and develop this nation. No country on planet earth has neve develop wihtout revolution either Russia Botshevik Revolution, or Britain Industrial Revolution or French Revolution. If we have the same mentality and leader take the country using the same mentality we wont go anywhere, so to hell with MCO, DPP, PP, UDF.

yosefu mateyu
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yosefu mateyu

We have never voted for Joyce Banda

kaka ni dada
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kaka ni dada

Mbava zokhazokha kukalipilana koma yah! Tiyenazoni ovota ndife chaka cha mawa.

Wanjiku
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Wanjiku

Mai wakuba uyu.Zinamukanika kale uyu.

Watematema Mutu
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Most of the time when I read the so called articles written by Anord Mnelemba I see typical signs of journalism sale out being manifested. This article is a typical example of someone who has sold his professionalism to those with money.

Ngailole
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Ngailole

A Watematema ka3 timati sellout.

Mana
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Mana

Kulota saletsana. Can’t believe Joyce Banda thinks she has a chance.

Elasto
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Elasto

Kodi Malawi mwayesa kuti ndi play ground yanu andalenu eti? Zachilendo nziti apa?

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

This is where Malawians are funny. I promise you Mr/Ms Mana, that she will still get some votes from all quarters. No one can figure out how Malawi voters cast their votes. This is mystery that even the most seasoned survey companies cannot figure out. Malawians are suckers for punishment.

kangaroo
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kangaroo

You are contradicting yourself the former president. Fighting for equal economic development for the poor and disadvantaged at the same time planning to stop quota in education. You don’t know what you are talking about. Who are you trying to please at the expense of your conscious? Shame.

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