Nankhumwa unveils  Mutharika’s ‘vision’ for Shire Valley

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa, who is also  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president for southern region,  on Friday, September 21, toured Nsanje Lalanje, south west, central and south constituencies where serving MPs, aspirant MPs and chiefs affirmed their support to the governing party and President Peter Mutharika ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections.

Nankhumwa addressinga rally at Marka in Nsanje

Nankhumwa speaking in an interview after the rally

Nsanje Senior chief Ndamera takes to the podium to address the people

The whistle-stop tour started at Bangula. Then he stopped over at Tengani, Nsanje Boma and finally at Marka on the border with Mozambique.

MP for Nsanje north constituency, Esther Mcheka Chilenje advised the people of Nsanje to firmly hold on to DPP and “its visionary” leadership because the opposition political parties do not have any clear social and economic development agenda.

Chilenje said time had come for Malawians not to be misled by opposition leaders who have nothing new to offer.

“Most of them have been tried and tested and we would be dangerously cursed to allow them to rule this country,” said Mcheka Chilenje, who is also First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and former Malawi diplomat to UN in New York.

Chief Mbenje told the gathering at Bangula that his subjects made a grave mistake when they voted for an opposition MP during the October 17, 2017 parliamentary elections held in Nsanje Lalanje, claiming he is not development conscious.

“We made a mistake but we’re going to make amends soon. Please inform President Mutharika that we, the people of Nsanje Lalanje, hold the answers,” he said.

One of DPP parliamentary aspirants for Nsanje Lalanje is Gladys Ganda who lost the by-elections to Lawrence Sitolo of  Malawi Congresss Party (MCP) told supporters to vote “wisely” in 2019 to ensure that government brings social and economic development to the area.

Others that spoke during the tour included a representative of chief Tengani, senior chief Ndamera, MP for Chikwawa central Zaheer Gaffar Issa, Chikwawa Nkombezi MP Lloyd Malola, and Nsanje south MP, Thom Kamangamira and Blantyre City deputy mayor and DPP southern region campaign director Joseph Makwinja, among others.

They all expressed optimism that if DPP’s social and economic development performance in the past four years is anything to go by, the party and President Mutharika are destined for a resounding victory in 2019.

Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times at Marka at the end of the tour, Nankhumwa was clearly overwhelmed by the massive support for DPP and its leadership as exhibited by the people of Nsanje south at the Marka rally.

“I am sincerely grateful to the people of this area, traditional leaders and all DPP leaders at all levels for keeping the party afloat here. There is no doubt the party and its leadership shall earn massive vote here in 2019,” said Nankhumwa.

The minister said the people of Shire Valley have every reason to rally behind President Mutharika because he has demonstrated that he has a clear vision for the two districts. He has put special emphasis on developing this part of the country.

“We are talking of improving the roads to ease the movement of goods and people; the east bank road that stretches from Thabwa through Fatima to Makhanga, the unprecedented magnificent and longest Chapananga Bridge and a tarmac road from there to connect with the M1 road, Chapananga Rural Growth Centre and Nsanje-Marka road, which is in the pipeline, among others.

“President Mutharika has directed government immediately commences implementing the Shire Valley Irrigation Project that involves 142 hectares of irrigation land to be used by cooperative farmers to deal with perennial food shortages in Nsanje and Chikwawa,” said Nankhumwa.

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Where is the vision again? Where is the state president if indeed Shire Valley is critical to DPP? Chikwama district has the highest number of registered voters (percentage) vs total eligible voters……that alone should have encouraged Peter to take Shire Valley seriously. Secondly, there have been a number of promises made by DPP and every party before and yet nothing tangible seem to be implemented save a few project not even worth mentioning.

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Ndani sakudziwa kuti chipani chomwe chikulamula pa nthawiyo ndi chimene chimabweretsa chitukuko mdziko. Mukuyiwala kuti ndi misonkho ya anthu ake omwe mukuwanamizawo.tiuzeni anankhumwa kuti zaka 4 zapitazi anthu a ku nsanje mwawapangira chiyani?. Magesi. Mankhwahala mzipatala zonse mayazi. Chomwe apindula ndi thumba la chimanga koma misonkho chiperekereni ku boma. Apa akuvotereninso omwewo za chamba basi. Tione zina bwa

Drake
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Drake

What developments projects are they talking here. You can not develop Nsanje without a Rail line to the Border. Since Peter Mutharika has been in Government he has never stepped his foot on Nsanje Boma Premises, His only visited Bangula to witness the Catholic Function. It was Bingu who had the passion for Nsanje not Peter. Mrs Ganda is not a Native of Nsanje and should not take people from NSanje as stupid, she should go and contest in her home District of Balaka and Ntcheu .

SIPHADA
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SIPHADA

Having stolen academic certs from a corpse how is he honestly marketing this so called vision of Dad APM? This is a huge disappointment to the whole nation look at the distribution of bicycles in his constituency amounting to large amounts of monies. His ship currently is on the high seas of corruption it’s a twilight on the rotten DPP the DPP government is suffering from total exhaustion any claims of performing is whistling in the bathroom none has the chance to appreciate rhythm. UTM is the rising vehicle which has to the bedchamber of DPP has a total wreck… Read more »

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concerned citizen

The people of Nsanje have waited for the supposed development being touted by Nankumwa for twelve years or so, counting from the time of Bingu’s first term till his death and now four years of the same DPP . Since APM come to power he has not set foot in Nsanje to see for himself how the people of Nsanje are living . Lonjezo la port lili kuti ? Minister Nankhumwa have you seen and felt the road to Marka ? You are coming now to ask for votes from the people of Nsanje and promising them development but for… Read more »

chinyau cha ku Nambuma
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chinyau cha ku Nambuma

an the answer is…there is no vision

Shitholes Diarrhoea Progressive Party
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George Malemia akugwira yekha ntchito. Chaponda kuli ziiiiii. Dausi kuli ziiiii. Ntaba kuli ziiiii. Uladi kuli ziiiii. Bintoni kuli ziiii. You’re missing Kudontoni. Mbava izi zichoke. Mpaka kukafukula certificate ku Manda?

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