Mutharika says poverty is a choice: ‘Malawi on journey to prosperity’

President Peter Mutharika has said for every country, poverty is a choice, saying Malawi has begun a great journey from poverty to prosperity, urging Malawians to work together in developing the nation.

President Mutharika: God did not create us to be poor people, so it is up to us to choose to be poor or not.
President Mutharika and First lay their wreaths to pay tribute to Chilembwe.-Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Atupele Muluzi paying tribute to Chilembwe after laying his wreath.-Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana
PIM president Wilson Mitambo and his wife lay their wreaths
People gathered at the Chilembwe memorial service

Mutharika, speaking at Providence Industrial Mission (PIM) when he paid homage to national martyr Reverend John Chilembwe, said Malawi is not a poor country and there is need for Malawians to love one another and stop hatred for the sake of the country’s progress.

“What we need is to unite, be focused and work hard. Malawi is not a poor country; it is the people who are poor.

“But God did not create us to be poor people, so it is up to us to choose to be poor or not. Let us choose to make Malawi a prosperous nation. What we need is to work hard and love one another,” said Mutharika in a cool tone

Mutharika said he has a vision to develop Malawi as a country of beautiful roads in every part of the country.

“I see a great country where we create jobs for our skilled youth in every district, every constituency, and every community. Malawi will soon be a country where there shall be factories and jobs everywhere. That is why we are inviting foreign companies to invest in this country.

“Malawi shall be a great country where every community will have electricity and piped water. We have begun taking electricity and piped water to communities. And blackouts shall be no more,” said Mutharika who is seeking a second term in May 21 elections/

He said Malawi is becoming a great country where people have money in the pocket, food on the table, and a decent house for everyone.

“We are seeing people buying more cars because they have money in the pocket. Our cities are full of new cars because we have fixed the economy. We are seeing the Youth in our villages buying motorcycles because we empowered them to have money to spend.

“We are seeing men and women building decent houses because we have set new standards of prosperity. We are improving lives of ordinary men and women in the villages with cash transfers, public works program and building houses for vulnerable Malawians,” Mutharika said

The President said in five more years he will be in power, Malawi will be a different country where the lives of citizens will change for the better and forever…

“I know that most Malawians are good people ready to stand for what is good for our country. But there are also Malawians who want us to go backwards. There are Malawians who fight and deny the development you and I have begun.

“If some bring us politics of castigation, we will bring Malawians politics of development. If some bring us politics of hate, we will bring to Malawians politics of peace, love and unity,” he said.

Mutharika challenged that he will not allow anyone to take the country back from the development he has begun.

“I will not allow anyone to take us back to days of darkness, dictatorship and bloodshed. I will not allow anyone to make Malawi a lawless country. And in our spirit and unity, let us move forward with the good work John Chilembwe began,” he said.

Mutharika described Chilembwe as a spiritual, political and national leader who had good vision for the country.

He said: “Every year, we celebrate the life of Reverend John Chilembwe because he was the first Malawian who started the foundation of this nation. Chilembwe was a hard worker and a visionary leader who loved this country. Let us also love our country and care about one another.”

Added Mutharika: “I am glad we have continued his work. We have built Ida Chilembwe Community Technical College to train our Youth in skills and continue the industrial mission Chilembwe started.”

Government set January 15 to commemorate the life of Chilembwe who was born in 1871 and died on February 3 1915.

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winston msowoya
winston msowoya
2 years ago

NO MATHANYULA,you are utterly misguided,poverty is not a CHOICE but a devious occurrence on human beings.You are not poor in the sense that you are an overall incharge of the government that is why you won’t feel the dynamics of poverty.Peter,no human being can choose to live under inhuman conditions.It is unbelievable that the Head of State would not care about the voters who put you in power.This shows that Muthalika and his brother late Bingu,came into Malawi to get-rich fast and leave our people scavengers in their own country.Mr.President,few years you have been in power,you have illegally amassed unprecedented… Read more »

Tizanka
Tizanka
2 years ago

Malawi is the poorest country on earth and has been so for the past 200 years when Mutharika was not born. The main problem is that we have never wanted to take responsibility for our nation or our situation. Somalia does not have a government but they are rich

Yaphama
Yaphama
2 years ago

Mr Maliseche if u dont have something wise to say jst shut up, hw can u say umphawi nkufuna yet anthu akugona wosadya, some of the pipo chifunda ndi nsalu, if it had been that u’ve humanity wokonda anthu sunakabera anthu wosauka 145, now urself and Dausi u r involved stealing 53 bl ur days are numbered learn frm Kabira.

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
2 years ago

Most of you here are deliberately misquoting the pestident. What he actually meant was that he has made a choice to make us poor

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
2 years ago

The president is actually very right. But only to a particular group, tribe, constituency of people. Look in our cities and check how many car looking new or executive with number plates from lhomwe belt, mainly TOs. Sample out new houses in Lilongwe and find out how many belong to DPP gurus or their cronies. Check any big new big projects and find out who owns them. If one is to compare lamba ankavara anthu a DPP in 2014 ndi pano zosiyana kwambiri akuvalira tie m’malo mwa lamba gulu lachina Kho, Mr D, etc A clear vindication and evidence of… Read more »

Mafuta Centre
Mafuta Centre
2 years ago

Definitely the Malawian President is very foolish. How can one chose poverty. Am very angry with you Peter.

Yaphama
Yaphama
2 years ago
Reply to  Mafuta Centre

He’s really Maliseche educated idiot ndi mwano womwe wayankhulawo akanakhala ndi umunthu sanakabera anthu wosauka 145 anthu akugona ndi njala iye nkumalalata kuti kugona ndi njala nkufuna wandinyansa heavy

Domasi
Domasi
2 years ago

Awa ndi a Malisechedi Ben Phiri sananame

Gertrude
Gertrude
2 years ago

What did he say???. …….4 more months of this stupidity.

Namaseko
Namaseko
2 years ago

What an insult!!!!………dzuka. Malawi dzuka. Change is coming! May 21st VOTE WISELY!!!!

Ndatopa
Ndatopa
2 years ago

When you steal MK145M from poor Malawians you can afford to say that because you don’t feel the pinch that Malawians are suffering, when you live in a glass house out of reality, out of touch with poor Malawians, do not throw stones by insulting Malawians

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