Mutharika says unity critical to national development

Government has said unity of purpose among people of different political divide was necessary to achieving meaningful and sustainable development in the country.

Speaking on Monday in Mangochi when he opened an orientation workshop for Cabinet Ministers and their deputies, President Prof Peter Mutharika observed that unity especially among people in the service was necessary for the country’s development.

Mutharika emphasised it was important for government sectors to work closely together in the initiation and implementation of different policies, development programmes for the benefit of most rural Malawians.

Mutharika: Unity call
Mutharika: Unity call

He admitted that the government was going through numerous socio – economic challenges which could not be sufficiently addressed by the Executive but that it required collective efforts from all Malawians.

“We all need to join hands without regard to one’s political inclination to improve the country’s economy. I’ve no doubt that government will achieve more with unity of purpose, thereby meeting the expectations and aspirations of Malawians,” the President said.

Mutharika added that his government has a number of activities as outlined in the people – centred Democratic Progressive Party manifesto which strives at improving the quality of people especially living in rural areas.

The Malawian leader, therefore, challenged his Cabinet Ministers to thoroughly understand government systems, processes and procedures which were prerequisites to delivery of good quality services.

“I would like to encourage you to effectively engage the resource persons to this workshop most of whom are eminent and distinguished facilitators in their own right in order to make the most out of the initiative,” he said.

Mutharika further said Ministers were supposed to discharge their responsibilities in a professional and diligent manner so that the country achieves meaningful development.

“As leaders, let us move beyond rhetoric and become result oriented. Let us remain vigilant in the manner we implement our policies and development programmes,” he appealed.

In his remarks, Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima thanked the President for having confidence and trust in the team of the lean Cabinet, which he assured would serve in the best interest of Malawians than their own.

“We don’t take it for granted to be in your first Cabinet instead we take it as an honour. We will do everything within our means to make a difference in people’s lives,” Chilima assured.

President Mutharika appointed a 20 member Cabinet on June 23 which includes Ministers and Deputy Ministers upon emerging victorious at the May 20 tripartite elections

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