Joyce Banda says Malawians tired of poverty: Touts transformational agenda

Former president Joyce Banda, 68, has said Malawians are tired of being trapped in abject poverty  and that the only way is to bring about  transformational leadership that will improve their lives beyond May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Joyce Banda: Enough is enough, Malawians are tired of poverty

PP supporters at Mangochi Lutende rally

Banda, who was given the nod by her  People’s Party (PP) members during last month national convention to  be the party’s torchbearer in the 2019 elections,  said  she is concerned with the levels of social-economic distress among Malawians, especially women and youth in rural areas.

Addressing hundereds of her party supporters at Mangochi Lutende on Monday, the former president said many people are trapped in abject poverty are tired of being poor.

“It is unacceptable to me as it should be to every reasonable Malawian, that we have children continuing to suffer from malnutrition; that they yearn to learn, but have to sit under trees rather than in proper classrooms,” said Banda.

“It is unacceptable that a mother should die while giving birth because the nearest health center is far away.  Or that thousands die of diseases that we have answers for,” said Banda who championed Safemotherhood when she governed Malawi from 2012 to 2014.

She observed that the youth have few opportunities to realize their potential and that  they are not guaranteed a society where they can speak their minds and influence policies that affect them.

Banda also deplored that farmers and workers continue to toil to make the best of what they have but do not get the fruits of their labour due to lack of modernization, a supportive policy environment and access to markets.

The PP leader  also attacked the DPP administration for duplicating developmental projects she initiated while in office, citing a water project in Dowa and the Lirangwe-Chingale-Machinga Road construction project where the DPP administration was laying foundation stones which she had already done.

In her speech, Banda, who political analysts say will certainly claim some significant votes in the South  and that is likely to eat into the DPP stronghold , said  she developed her mission statement “to assist women and youth gain social and political empowerment through business and education”.

She said: “In realizing my mission in life, I did learn that leadership is falling in love with the people and the people falling in love with you.  This philosophy enhances servant leadership that is critical to any transformational agenda.”

The PP president said  she has vision is to transform and free the people from the yoke of underdevelopment.

Banda became president in April 2012 as a constitutional requirement after the death of then president Bingu wa Mutharika.

In the 2014 Tripartite Elections, she came third behind MCP’s Lazarus Chakwera and left the country immediately after Mutharika was sworn in May 2014.

Despite some good strides she made, her tenure was characterised by the plunder of public resources in government known as Cashgate.

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Shithole Country Shithole dpp
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Dpp is a party of thieves. Wina is using certificate. Late Ntafu called them agalu.

Buzz
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Buzz

‘. . . leadership is falling in love with the people and the people falling in love with you. This philosophy enhances servant leadership that is critical to any transformational agenda.’ Discuss.

ALICE
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Zonyozazi mukungochedwa nazo chabe. Amayitu ali ndi mfundo zothandiza a Malawi ovutika Inuyo nenani chabe mfundo zanu pano ngati muli nazo. Munyoza, mpaka liti: shem, anzanu akudutsa, akutsogola, inu mukadanyoza. Cashgate ife tinayiwala kalekale, nanga waleroyu, ndi amayinso? Viva PPandUTM.

Khima
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Khima

Kuiwala CashGate mchimodzimodzi kuiwala ma ARV….she got us into this mess she will always pay for it.

Drake
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Drake

Mai Banda you were there and some of the problems we are facing were created by you, you over devalued the Malawi Kwacha when you very well knew it would affect the masses. You sold the Presidential Plane and up to now you are failing to give a detailed Account of how you used the money, During your time the Government Coffers were heavily abused, your people stole billions which was supposed to improve the lives of people. SIMPLY apologise to MALAWIANS for dragging them into Dire Poverty

Yausilu
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Yausilu

You had your chance Mom!

Ntumbuka Mwenecho
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Ntumbuka Mwenecho

Jhoyisi Ntila-Banda aka Abhiti CheJhumo Kazhigeti wakuba uyu. She impoverished the nation while enriching herself and her cronies from state coffers. She should be the last one to talk about poverty among Malawians. It is very cynical of her.

ALICE
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mukuchedwa chonchi ndikunyoza, amai akupita

Nambewe
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Nambewe

Yes but from my memory she is the ex president who actually abused funds while in power and failed to supervise appropriate us of our country’s money such that people’s poverty has got an awful lot worse!!! All this while she had enough money stached away to afford to live in the west for 4 solid years!!!! is that helping Malawians come out of poverty? This is opportunism Joyce Banda! Getr out of the way and let others try. You were given this job and you destroyed it! stay away!!! People have died and still die in hospitals because of… Read more »

BigMan
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BigMan

Transformational……………. interesting

A Sata
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A Sata

Asatitayitse nthawi Amayi awa, Anakanika kale koma kuba basi. I do not know what she wants to achieve. Just spending the tax payers’ money she stole.

Soniso
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Soniso

Pleeeeeeeease just sit down, maybe if you didn’t run away from us when things got tough

ALICE
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Mukuchedwa nazo izi zonyoza amai, ingonenani mfundo zachitukuko ngati chipani chanu chili nazo

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