PP geared to form next Malawi government – Jerry Jana

People’s Party of vice president Joyce Banda is set to form the next government in Malawi, the party’s national  director of economic affairs, Dr. Jerry Jana has said.

Jana an accomplished economist and former diplomat says he thinks that PP  is ready to form the next government and that it will have a different approach in terms of governance and economic management as it will be “looking at people’s interest first”.

“Our theme will be to serve the interest of the people first and foremost,” he told Capital Radio’s Straight Talk programme.

Jerry Jana: PP government in waiting

Jana said he was  “very confident” that Banda will be Malawi’s first female president after kicking out the DPP government of Bingu wa Mutharika through the ballot in 2014.

Asked by interviewer Brian Banda why he was so upbeat, Jana responded: “What gives me the confidence is that everybody is now looking for change.”

He added: “Democracy has not yielded the benefits that people were expecting. The reason why it has not yielded the expectations of the people is that we have put the wrong emphasis.

“ It is not just building things. It is about building people, building them economically, building them socially. Your best resource in the country is the people.”

Jana noted that Malawi is facing economic crisis and that money is scarce in people’s pockets.

“In  the Bakili Muluzi regime, money was flowing  no  matter what you say, at least even the people in the rural areas could say money was circulating,” he said.

Jana said Mutharika  government had “a lot of good will” from the donor community and that the money that has been flowing to the economy  is “huge.”

“Somehow the money is tied somewhere else, definitely it  is not flowing, it is not circulating. People are complaining money is not circulating,” he stressed.

Jana said PP under the leadership of Banda, “know what actually makes an economy grow.”

He said Malawi’s Vice President  Banda “has  a very clear vision on how this government should run.”

“Joyce Bands is experienced. She has dealt with the people. When she says I am a Mandasi woman, she means that  the people out there are the voice, the people out there are the economy. She knows what makes economy tick and she knows where the gaps are.

“Democracy itself is power to the power. The people have the power and this power is economic power,” he said.

Jana said PP will run a government  “with human face” unlike what he said was “insensitivity” of the Mutharika administration.

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