Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika has said the country will need a new president and government for it to develop independently.
Mutharika was speaking at Zuc lodge in Balaka district where he presented certificates and nomination forms to the elected 40 MPs and 46 counsellors of the 5 eastern region districts who will contest on the May 20th tripartite elections through the ticket of the DPP.
He said when DPP wins the polls in May, the party will change the direction the country is taking in terms of economic progression, accusing the current Joyce Banda administration of being clueless.
“What Peoples Party (PP) has achieved is nothing but cashgate . The schools, universities and roads were DPP programmes and we will continue where Bingu wa Mutharika left, that’s when people could afford doing anything and buying a lot of things including the mere bonya,” said the DDP president.
According to Mutharika the DPP will release its manifesto next week which will help reduce the country’s dependence on donor funds when it wins the forth coming elections.
“No country has developed with donor funding, our manifesto which will be released any day next week will create funds through local economy and organizations. The manifesto will include food security programmes, the green belt initiative, health, increasing internal security, programmes for youth and women as well as infrastructure,” Mutharika said.
Secretary General for DPP Jean Kalilani took time educating the group of MPs and Counselors on the electoral process which include filling and submission of the nomination forms that will enable them contest the tripartite elections.
Kalilani also applauded Mutharika for running the party since the death of late president Bingu wa Mutharika.
“There have been a lot of challenges since the death of your brother and late president Bingu wa Mutharika, but you have managed to weather the storm,” she said.
DPP eastern region vice president Yunus Mussa thanked Mutharika for attending the meeting. He also urged him to choose a right and responsible running mate.
“You have a busy schedule but we are happy that you have come to present the certificates by yourself. As eastern vice president for the party, I urge you when choosing a running mate, pick someone who will not abandon the people,” urged Mussa.
Some notable DPP members at the meeting were the party’s national director of women Patricia Kaliati, Balaka north MP Getrude Maseko and parliamentarian for Phalombe north Anna Kachikho.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :