Presidential candidate Peter Mutharika of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which governed Malawi from 2004 to April 2012 when his brother president Bingu wa Mutharika died at the climax of poor governance and economic woes, said on Saturday that he strongly believes his party will reclaim victory in the May 20 Tripartite elections.
Mutharika was speaking at Masintha Ground in the capital Lilongwe to a huge crowds which attended the official launch of the party’s election campaign, promising to arrest the country’s economic slide.
Accompanied by his running-mate Saulos Chilima, late president Mutharika’s widow, Callista Mutharika and the party’s bigwigs, Mutharika said DPP, which lost power to the reigning People’s Party of the country’s Head of State Joyce Banda who took over after the death of Bingu in April 2012, will implement people-centered development approaches, long term infrastructure developments and people-driven economic paradigms.
“The people of Malawi want a government that can deliver on its promises, a government that prioritises their needs,” said Mutharika, adding “DPP will be equal to the task of governing.”
Mutharika promised to unite Malawians and end a crippling economic crisis that has resulted in shortages of food, fuel and electricity and left four in five people without jobs, unemployment and skyrocketing prices that have pushed inflation up .
The DPP leadership said the party took Malawians on the path to prosperity from 2004 to 2012, claiming the current governing party has within 20 months robed the nation of its dream for prosperity.
Mutharika also bemoaned the high cost of living.
He said: “The DPP is back to regain full control of the destination of the country.”
The DPP presidential candidate went on to claim that during the era when DPP formed government, Malawi effectively emerged from food begging to food self-sufficiency and the country had better roads, better schools and better hospitals.
Mutharika also said Malawi successfully implemented policy reforms in the public and private sectors, and some of the reforms led to the cancellation of Malawi’s external debts.
He also hailed the party’s manifesto which promises food security for every Malawian and farm subsidies for every maize and tobacco farmer.
DPP promises to turn the country into the food basket it was and regain its pride as a nation which could feed itself and neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Kenya.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :