Orange Intellectuals, the governing People’s Party (PP) wing that comprises students of the University Malawi and other institutions of higher learning, has commended Malawi’s Head of State Joyce Banda for what it says are the positive gains made in just a month she has been in office.
In a statement signed by the ‘Intellectuals’ National Coordinator, Edgar Chipalanjira, the students say President Banda has “risen above petty politics to come up with an inclusive cabinet” that is even distributed across all the four regions for the first time in many years.
“Mama JB has successfully managed to restore sour relations with our neighbours as well as our traditional donors like the British. Mama JB has managed to convince United States Government to reopen the Millennium Challenge Corporation offices that were closed in Lilongwe,” reads the statement.
The ‘Intellectuals’ also observe that the President’s “diplomacy” has seen the return of tobacco buyers, “no wonder farmers are now smiling all the way to the bank.
On public appointments, the ‘Intellectuals say President Banda’s “meritorious appointments are just impressive”, observing that right personnel were being put in right posts; not based on regional or tribal lines but efficiency and effectiveness.
Chipalanjira observed that there may be “shortfalls yes”, but the President “has started well and may she continue sweeping clean!”
President Banda ascended to the Presidency by virtue of being State Vice President on April 7, 2012 following the passing on of the late President Bingu wa Mutharika on April 5, 2012 following a heart attack.
On assuming office, she quickly introduced major economic and political reforms that have restored public as well as donor confidence in the nation, which a few weeks ago was being shunned by the international community owing to the late Mutharika’s autocratic tendencies.