The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has unveiled its electoral promises, through their manifesto ahead of next month’s tripartite polls, promising seven key strategic priorities that will restore the integrity of Malawi economy.
MCP president Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and his running-mate Richard Msowoya led the national executive committee to unveil the manisfesto and launch its campaign at Masintha Ground in the capital Lilongwe on Sunday before thousands of supporters.
He said the MCP’s vision is to steer Malawi into prosperity and create a credible and stabilized environment which will bring growth and development.
The MCP leader promised policy and institutional reforms, economic restoration, agriculture and food security, improved education and health sectors, youth development and empowerment as well as infrastructure development.
“The Malawi Congress Party and its leadership is ready to restore and transform this country to benefit every Malawian,” he said to thousands of people who attended the colourful launch.
“The Chakwera/Msowoya is the only ticket to reform and develop Malawi and come 20 May, MCP is forming the next government and a new Malawi starts on May 20.”
He further said if there is a person and a party to be entrusted to form the next Malawi Government then it is Chakwera and his MCP.
Chakwera said people should forget the old notorious MCP because the party, which lost its monopoly on power in the 1993 referendum, before its defeat during the country’s first free elections in 1994, was now reformed.
The MCP leader said Malawians should unite on May 20 and vote for the party to save the nation, saying: “Today I preach the fight against corruption, theft and nepotism. It’s not a fight against political parties or political leaders, but a fight to save Malawi.”
Chakwera, a former president of the Assemblies of God Church in Malawi, also spoke against political violence, politics of castigation and vote rigging.
‘Operation chotsa mbava May 20’
In his speech, the MCP vice presidential running-mate, Msowoya, who said “20 May should be operation chotsa mbava”, observed that there was need to restore the country’s education system whose standards have for years gone from poor to worse.
Msowoya said the MCP, which has been out of government for the past 20 years, would ensure that the plunder of public resources never happens on its watch.
He said Malawians are no longer proud of government institutions such as secondary schools as it was during the MCP regime, hence they have resorted to private institutions, which many Malawians cannot afford due to the country’s ailing economy.
On health, Msowoya observed that the Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe was small as compared to the population, hence the need to have a national referral hospital in the capital.
MCP veterans, notably, former president John Tembo and also former Official Hostess to late founding president Kamuzu Banda were also in attendance.
Malawi goes to polls on May 20 with 7.5 million eligible Malawians expected to cast their ballots.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :