Joyce Banda says creation of 1 million jobs possible: ‘Let Malawians not be doubting Thomases’

Malawi’s immediate past president Joyce Banda says it is possible to create one million jobs in the country within a year but said the problem is that there are many pessimists in Malawi.

Joyce Banda addressing a rally in Mzimba on Thursday

Speaking in a special program on her Ufulu Radio, Banda said it does not matter what type of jobs would be created but it is possible to create one million jobs in a year.

“This is possible. The only problem is that we have many  [doubting]  Thomases D who want to pierce their fingers into the wounds of Jesus, but yes, it is very possible,” said Banda.

United Transformation Movement (UTM) leader Saulos Chilima drew criticism from president Peter Mutharika, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) after he said he would create one million jobs in the first year in office once voted into power.

Mutharika said this was impossible.

Ironically, the MCP says the party will create 500 000 jobs within a year in office if the party gets into government.

Banda said her Peoples Party has the same number of job creation in its manifesto.

“It does not matter what type of jobs can be created, be it petty, casual or full time but the fact is that it is possible to create one million jobs within one year,” said Banda.

The DPP-led government is muted on the issue of job creation but so far it has employed 10, 000 primary school teachers, hired 2, 000 interns, those who have completed university education for two years and intends to hire the youth to plant 10, 000 seedlings during the rainy season

Chilima promised to create a K40 billion fund to spur job creation if his UTM is ushered into power during the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Chilima urged Malawians to be optimistic and not pessimistic if the country is to move forward. It was in this regard that he unveiled a K40 billion fund—to be sourced locally through pension funds and other sources—to empower small and medium-scale enterprises and create jobs.

He said: “There is evidence that it is possible that we will create one million jobs. Job creation can be done in many ways. There are informal and formal sectors of employment.

“The K40 billion fund will benefit women, youths, the elderly and people with disabilities who will be given K200 000 each as start-up. If we disburse the K200 000s to 200 000 people who will employ at least one person each, we will have 400 000 jobs.

“The public sector will recruit and the private sector will also be provided an enabling environment to grow and create jobs. If anyone comes and tells you it is impossible to create one million jobs, tell them it is possible… N’zotheka.”

Chilima, who worked in the private sector where he rose to become the first Malawian managing director for Airtel Malawi Limited before Mutharika picked him as his running mate in the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections, said more jobs would be created through agricultural cooperatives, establishment of meg farms and revival of the Nsanje World Inland Port initiated by former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika.

He said it is possible for the beneficiaries of the planned K40 billion scheme to grow and employ more people.

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ndele
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ndele

SKC si joice. joice ngwa nkazi komaso fundo zake zikusiyana ndi cilima. galu bakha uyu wacita zosowa galu iwe big arse.ndalama unathera b nzukulu wako canthunya, , mphwiyo , unagulitsa NDEGE ndalama ukuziwa unaika. usatinyase, unaphwanya cipangano ndi dpp , anakunyengatu iwe kwako kunali ku ndende osati uyambeso messing up our resourses, -AZUNGU ATIUZA, mxiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
galu usawataitse anthu nthawi

Lucky malata
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Lucky malata

You are a beach and u can’t even walk with your fat ass and u want to run for presidency

aaron mwala
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aaron mwala

This I am afraid is not the way to conduct a debate. Discuss issues here and please learn how to spell. Its time to abolish the 28% pass mark for some of you guys

Lilian Kaunda
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Lilian Kaunda

You had two years but you never created any single job but created cashgaters. for goodness sake this woman should just shut up and stop talking.

kaguta
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kaguta

So surprised that even people who should have some decent knowledge of economics like Chilima are putting up the gibberish that creating a 40 billion fund to disburse to 200,000 people is job creation. That is mere provision of start-up -capital to 200,000 supposed entrepreneurs who may or may not create any type of employment at all. If you ask me , 200,000 ndi ndalama zodyera and the beneficiaries will walk away from those loans. Ask JB about NABW and WWB.

Bwengu
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Bwengu

Akulu, so u think entrepreneurship isn’t employment in its own right. You should be shallow minded I guess. Jobs isn’t just being in office, it includes even businesses be it macro or micro. The K200,000 ur thinking is small, can be small to you but not to a potential SME in the village who requires sometimes less than that to kick start a business like fish vending or kaunjika. There is evidence that those accessing small loans from VSLs which are informal institutions are doing wonders by investing in small businesses. So be optimistic, it’s possible in Malawi, it only… Read more »

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

What does Joisi Banda know about economics, even the simple Supply/Demand theory?
Regardless, is she has a chance of winning seats, they will be from the North: all she has to do is parade her husband at all the Party meetings. As for the rest of the country, forget it.

Lunzu
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Lunzu

Which north? we are for MCP….we can’t be cheated by these DPP thieves who left thier party coz they wanted position

How did cash gate happen
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How did cash gate happen

Ngakhale pragmatic JB wavomereza kangapo kuti SKC ndi leader with a great vision. …21 May loading

Bullshit
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Bullshit

Ha ha ha what a pathetic soul you are my brother. Are you serious of judging someone by using Joyce Banda?

Duli
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Duli

Apathy Abiti Chejhumo Kazhigeti Ntila ukanangotseka pakamwa. Did you create 1 million jobs when you were president or you created Kazhigeti looters such as Kasambara, Lootepo, Mphwiyo, Kalonga, late Theresa Namathanga etc. Who does not know that you were the principal beneficiary of the loot? Just put your thick lips together and shut up thief.

Mzanga Dausi
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Mzanga Dausi

If she is a thief, what is Chaponda?

Mzanga Dausi
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Mzanga Dausi

If all paraded above in your comment are looters? Then what do you call Chaponda money in a bedroom? Laundry?

Napoleon muza
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Hat is a good question bro. What is she trying to achieve? To be considered for the post of Vice President which she also agreed with Chilima, yet she could not do that. She is a disgrace.

Binnwell Kachikopa
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This just shows this woman doesn’t know what an employment is, she is clueless on what a job is! Chilima is a very big lier, unfortunately he is using Most Malawians ignorant perspective. With the current Malawi infrastructure and economicic state, it is automatically impossible to create 1 million jobs. He should have been saying temporary jobs not what he is cheatingMalawians. Even with a multiplier effect of his so called K40 Billion Kwacha Scheme, he cant create 1 million jobs. The problem with most Malawians especially the youth is that they are in subjective poverty which causes them to… Read more »

vide
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Iwe cadet kagwere uko…ukudziwa chani iwe!

Aluweka
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Aluweka

You are an Idiot

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

The disease that Muthalika suffers is so contagious that it is spreading like bush fires amongst his followers. We are now becoming a people without aspirations. We praise the thieves that we call our leaders to the moon for achieving the ordinary. I for one, would praise a leader who does the extraordinary like creating a million jobs for my loafing brothers. The grain surely needs to be separated from the chaff. If the same was promised by Muthalika, would you have doubted It? I don’t think so. Muthalika has promised us a Malawi like Europe which is a bold… Read more »

Thubu
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Thubu

Kodi Joyce Banda anachitapo zimenezo mu nthawi yake.? Tinene kuti kugawa zingwe zomangira ng’ombe zija ndiye zintchito zikunenedwa apazi?

CHIPASUPASU
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CHIPASUPASU

The PP is now turning into a UTM bloating paper the excess abuses on the Veep’s office is a big PP nod and on generating a million jobs within the first twelve months of the UTM in government very nice that the PP shouldn’t be fielding a presidential candidate because they are just singing aloud whatever UTM intends to pan out for the electorate. The UTM has its way of getting its manifesto planted into mind of the nation unlike all other parties which complacently expect the electorate to embrace their camps even when there scarcely anything on the manifesto… Read more »

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