Joyce Banda vows to replace FISP with universal fertiliser subsidy: ‘I will fight poverty among Malawians head on’

Malawi’s immediate past former president Joyce Banda, who is  People’s Party leader, has said most political leaders in the country are “woefully” out of touch with economic reality for people living in poverty and therefore do not have the necessary willpower to fight poverty.

Banda with some of PP parliamentary candidates from Machinga introduced at the rally

Banda being welcomed by Kamlepo Kalua

Rev Ndomondo making his opening remarks

Roy Kachale Banda joins an ardent PP dancer to spice up the rally

Banda: I am ready to return to power

Part of the crowd for PP in Machinga

Rev Ndomondo welcomes Banda to Machinga

“I have everything that it takes to live a comfortable life. But I have grown up in poverty; I know what it means to be poor. I, therefore, cannot sit back, in the comfort of my home, while many Malawians out there struggle to afford even one meal a day. I know how painful and pathetic it is to live in a grass-thatched house. I will always dedicate my life to helping the underprivileged move out of poverty,” said Banda when she addressed a political rally in Machinga South-east constituency on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

She said she would therefore not hesitate to run for president in 2019 if the party chooses her as presidential candidate, emphasizing serving people, particularly the less-privileged was her “calling”.

Banda, 68,  told her jubilant supporters that while she was Head of State from 2012 to 2014, her government made many social and economic development strides, particularly in economic empowerment of the rural masses.

“During our time, we made sure that our rural farmers get better prices for their produce. We wooed back international tobacco buyers who had been deported by the previous regime. I personally negotiated with them to return and asked them to buy tobacco from our farmers at favourable prices. We did the same with other crops like peas,” said Banda, bemoaning that the status quo at present was pathetic because prices of farm produce have hit all time low.

Banda – only the second woman to lead a country in Africa  –  then announced that she would abolish the “selective” Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) and introduce universal fertilizer subsidy programme so that every farmer benefits and therefore improve security at both household and national levels.

The former president said she has already identified funding for the implementation of universal fertilizer subsidy programme.

She said when she will roll back “people-centred social and economic policies” in order to take Malawians out of abject poverty.  Banda  said for example, she would fight for better prices for farm produce, including resuscitating ADMARC so that it returns to being a reliable ready market for rural small-scale farmers.

“I will put a stop to the current frequent power cuts end in order to promote the manufacturing industry, thereby creating employment for the youths.

“It is generally agreed that reliable power expands the number and variety of businesses and job opportunities available. Uninterrupted power means that businesses such as hair salons, welders and maize mills, among others, all of which rely on electricity can function,” she said, recalling that during her tenure in office, Malawi never experienced any blackouts.

She also pledged to improve the health and education sectors, saying she would ensure that teachers and health workers work in better conditions and that conducive learning and teaching environment is created in all education institutions at all levels.

The PP leader said education is an indispensable tool for the achievement of meaningful socio-economic development of any nation and hence her government shall give education special attention.

Banda was accompanied by Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Reverend Wilson Ndomondo, national organizing secretary Ephraim Chibvunde, PP vice presidents for eastern, central and northern regions, Akajuwe Roy Kachale Banda, Beatrice Mwale and Kamlepo Kalua, respectively, among others.

Malawi, one of the world’s poorest and aid-dependent countries, will hold presidential, parliamentary and council elections in May 2019.

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

She came to power in 2012 when Bingu wa Mutharika, the current president’s brother, died in office.

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lilian
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lilian

She had two years and never did what she promised like abolishing qoata system and FISP. This woman wants to contest because she is salivating at the money that will be given to women contestants by donors as we all know she is a she thief and she wants to continue where she stopped.
I want to request women empowerment organisations to keep eyes open an watch this she thief before she preys on women money.

QueenB
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QueenB

My family did not receive ng’ombe when she was in power so I can’t trust her. Bye Felicia!

John Mbewe
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John Mbewe

Kkkkkkkk you had two years to implement that but you did not. Why this time, I think this universal subsidy program has been pushed by MCP since JZU was its leader but has always fallen on deaf govt ears because its part of kusosola area to fatten your personal pockets both DPP & PP have benefitted from it. Keep quiet and we know why you are doing this. Birds of the same feathers (with DPP). We were told you will be arrested on cashgate related case and there was warrant of arrest by the police, what has happened since you… Read more »

gwenenthe mwale
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gwenenthe mwale

the opposition has much far divided because of greedy. my foot . everyone wants to become a president, my nyasaland

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

Kikikiki! Didn’t read the stupid article, came straight to the comments and I haven’t been disappointed! Hahahah Joyce Banda Hahahaha! Demeti!

oMachemba
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oMachemba

KIkiki yes Same here!!

UDF=DPP
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UDF=DPP

No subsidy please, we need to move away from this mentality, Empower Malawians so we can be self sufficient, sick and tired of handouts, if that is your message then you might as well sit down and let the winds of change pass through

Okuba
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Okuba

KKKK I had a personal encounter with Joyce Banda iiiiii mai oyipa mtima. She wants to lead us? ndiye zachibwana zimenezo!!! Kodi what is this that Im seeing when she was disembarking from her vehicle? akumakanika kutsika galimoto, mpaka ma steps otsikira mgalimoto zoona? what type of greedy is this? mwatani kodi agogo? kkkk Joyce banda for president????? Mbuzi

mtete
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Was it not JZU who preached time and time again about Universal Fertilizer Subsidy?

Nalingula
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Nalingula

She inherited a nation without Fuel and Forex,the country was completely off track.She did not Try to Sit on Corruption as Others have been doing for 4 years.Instead some People were arrested and some are still in jail.Tiuzeni ndani Anamangidwa 577 billion Cashgate? Ndani wamangidwa ma billion a Ku Tevet,Escom,Admarc etc.Its only Now ena akudzidzimuka kuti Mbava,Mbava, njobvu zapita zaononga kale.At least the lady took some Action.

Black Market
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Black Market

U dont know international politics, u are blind, just as many Malawians. All that moment was engineered by mzungu to deflate Bingu, When Bingu died, the same mzungu reversed the situation, thats y JB was under mzungu in every decision. Mwaiwala? “Azungu akutiiiiii, bla bla bla….” zopusa zokhazokha u cant do that in their country. To a blind Malawian, JB anabweretsa fuel, sugar. my foot. JB is clueless on Governance. U remember T Blair brought his firm to help JB on Governance, and he milked us alot of billions. What is new in good governance, that Malawi should need a… Read more »

Kayira
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Kayira

JB is an ignorant, bloodsucking, shameless, TB Joshua- worshipping, greedy, manipulative, mean-spirited, lying, crooked, parasitic, low IQ vagabond! Musatinyase!! Mwamva? Mxxxxiiiiiii!

Zavuta Aunt
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Zavuta Aunt

Opportunistic traits in our beloved aunt JB are obvious to all Sanjika palace has been drifting away from you the day you abandoned Malawians you went into exile in that you enforced the perception that you had more information about cashgate and your political enemies never spent a day without associating or linking your name to Oswald Lutepo so you have been in the Opinion Court the ordinary Malawians have judged the case you gave your enemies a leeway they were waving the Interpol warrant everyday see how they successfully booted you out of the contest our peace loving president… Read more »

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