Mutharika’s inauguration speech spells hope for Malawi with tax break: ‘I will be president for all’
President Peter Mutharika has urged Malawi to unite behind his presidency on Friday following a divisive election and promised that his administration will strike to make a difference in the life of every Malawian.
Mutharika said this when he delivered his speech to a capacity crowd at the Kamuzu Stadium, immediately after receiving the instruments of power at his inauguration in commercial capital Blantyre.
He is now faced with the difficult task of uniting Malawiams and healing the nation that has recently been divided along political and ethnic lines.
In his speech, Mutharika expressed confidence of a democratic and free space for all Malawians and that he will be an inclusive leader.
“Whether you voted at all or not voted. Whether you voted for us or not for us. I am your President. I am the President of all Malawians. And Malawi is our country,” said Mutharika.
Among his major pointers, the President expressed optimism that his government would make a difference in the life of every Malawian.
“Whether it is an old woman of Nthalire, the school girl in Chintheche; whether it is a farmer in Mchinji or a fisherman in Mangochi; whether it is the grocery owner of Lobi or the Kabaza operator of Machinga; whether it is the minibus operator of Blantyre or the teacher in Nsanje – these are the ordinary people that we come to serve. It is our duty as Government to make a difference in their lives,” said Mutharika.
“Remember, people are the reason why governments exist. And the goal of every government is to make people happy in the end,” he added.
Mutharika said the reason why his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) exists is to develop the country, saying Malawi Congress Party (MCP) came to end colonialism while he United Democratic Front (UDF) came to bring democracy.
He said the DPP came with a mission to develop the country.
“We cannot deny our history. Each political party played a fundamental role in the history of this nation. Now it is our call to develop this country. Let us remain focused on development and changing lives for the better,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika said DPP believe in democratic values and taking Malawi from poverty to prosperity.
“As we say in our local language – nkhondo simanga mudzi. We cannot build this country with violence and bloodshed,” he said.
He said in the next five years, citizens should unite to focus on creating the Malawi they want.
The President credited his administration for delivering “unprecedented infrastructure development” in the last five years than any government has ever done in the history of this country.
He said in his finals five year term, his administration will prioritise production.
“Our problem has always been power shortage. Now we are resolving power shortage decisively. We are saying farewell to blackouts forever,” said Mutharika.
In prioritizing production, he said the government will make three cardinal gains for the Youth, which is “Creating jobs, Creating jobs, and Creating jobs.”
Mutharika also set the tone for his social-economic empowerment , promising home grown businesses with “tax breaks and removing burdensome regulations.”
“We will see dramatic ease in the cost of doing business and other incentives that will facilitate private sector growth.
“The growth of the private sector begins with the growth of the farmers, vendors and family businesses. This is a business approach Government,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika won the presidential election with 38.57 percent of the vote, against Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on 35.41 percent. Turnout was 74 percent of 6.8 million registered voters.
Malawi has a “winner-takes-all” system, and in 2014 Mutharika also narrowly beat Chakwera, a former evangelist.
Meanwhile, Chakwera on Friday rejected the result of last week’s presidential elections, saying he had launched a court battle to have the vote annulled on the grounds of fraud.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
It worked in 2014, steal elections and Malawians just watched you ruin the country! This time around, it wont work. You are a minority and tippex president. You are first and foremost a Lhomwe president, your actions speak for themselves. That is why 68% of Malawians did not vote for you. It was actually opertion landslide against you sir.
waona liti kuti its time to unite malawi its too late my friend mutharika yu and yur girl friend ANSAH yu are going to face the music osamawatengera amalawi ku ntoso
There is no chance to unite the country. Zampeter Mutharikarim failed to do so in the past 5 years. Peter you are president for the Lomwe people. No one wants Peter in the Centre and the North. Over 70% of Malawi don’t want you Peter. This is a fact. Peter, you imposed yourself on people. Malawi will be ungovernable for the next 5 years if you will still be hanging on. People are fed up with the mafia DPP and Peter Mutharika. The thin string Peter is hanging on will soon let go. Malawians are now ready to go to… Read more »
You are the president of Malawi but we have the president for the people of malawi, Chakwera is the one maalawians voted for, we need Him l, please respect our vote by retiring on your own while we are still clapping for you, a time is coming when we shall deal with you personaly, we are still respecting you now but wait for a time when we shall make you realise that Malawians a tired
I am DPP but I totally disagree with Mgeme Kalirani when he repeatedly states that APM is the 6th president of Malawi. How come when the only presidents we have are Kamuzu, Muluzi, Bingu, Joyce Banda and APM as 5th? Even if I try to understand where his thinking is coming from that can not be entertained also because since 1994 we have had 3 presidents serving 2 terms each plus Joyce Banda which makes it 7. Mr Kalirani if you google Barak Obama although he served 2 terms it will show him only as the 44th president of USA… Read more »
In case you don’t know, they count in terms of terms
Iwe mbuzi amakuti muntharika, you better stop talking about love or peace. The wounds in my heart are still big and fresh! You and your team have killed my brother and you call that peace and love, what do you take us for, animals? You are a big fool, even a millipede would think better than you! Kukamwa ngati bwafu, inenso am ready to be slaughtered just as you did with my brother!
Aahhh you will punish the civil servants dinning with the oppositions????????
Kkkkkk nde kutilowa mmakabudulatu uku.
So what if one family has dofferent political views,!!!! Nde zamkutu mukukambazi dhala inu. Bwanji kusotha ya ma alibino kaye, mukudandaula ndi kumenyedwa kwa dausi ? Ya ma alibino ai???? Bullshi tsopano.
Am not getting it. Nde tizigwila bwanji nchito mma ofesimu. Tisaceze?????
Fuck off . Dont start idiot toothless ,sarcastic etc old fool
Kkkkkkk Blue govt, kudyelera kumuneko akuti mwakuona? Koma Madando mwamuona shoulder to shoulder with DPP ku phwando laolo?
Aa kuziloza cala. Mwaba inuzo bwanji sanakumangeni? Komaso pitala tele kkkkkkkkk
This is a DPP president