National Salvation Front (Nasaf) presidential candidate in the May 20 tripartite elections James Nyondo has once again slammed the country’s politicians for feeding people with lies in their talks about how to develop Malawi.
Previously, Nyondo who contested in the 2009 presidential elections as an independent candidate but lost, lambasted the country’s leadership for extravagance lifestyles at the expense of the poor tax payers.
“They talk nonsense,” said Nyondo in an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times Wednesda, after touring his home district Chitipa where he will also contest as parliamentarian for the Chitipa Central Constituency.
He said Malawian leaders – who are mostly politicians – must first think of how to develop individuals before they can roll out large scale development projects.
“People must be empowered first,” he said. “We [at Nasaf] are rolling out a number of projects that will help people get jobs and start their own businesses.”
He added: “We’ve a project called People to People which is connecting communities in Malawi and those in the US to start up businesses and work out a number of development projects.”
The US trained lawyer said that in that way we will be marketing our country to foreign investors not only in the US but across the world.
“The problem is our country scares investors with intermittent power supplies, substandard hospitals without medicines et cetera. We must work out those first to woe in investors,” argued Nyondo.
He claimed that he is getting overwhelming support from Malawians and fellow politicians, adding that recently he is getting a lot of people defecting to his party especially members of the ruling People’s Party.
“Like in 2009, when [late president] Bingu [wa Mutharika] looked at me as a threat despite there being many of us contesting against him, I’m also going through the same this time. But luckily I’m getting a lot of support and surely God will take us through,” said Nyondo.