Opposition People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) president Mark Katsonga on Saturday drew a poor patronage in Malawi’s considered political barometer Ndirande squatter township in commercial capital Blantyre where he called for the ouster of the governing People’s Party (PP) in elections due next May.
Katsonga riding in an open roof bus conducted a whistle-stop tour of Blantyre. He told the handful people at Ndirande Community ground asked people not to vote for PP, saying they should consider his PPM.
“I want to give this country development once elected as its President in 2014,” said Katsonga.
He outlined PPM vision, saying the party will abolish the consolidated account and create a Central Government Account with new mandates for control if they win next year’s elections.
Katsonga explained that the new account will be more transparent to remove its vulnerability to abuse by the executive arm of government and will be subjected to “strict parliamentary oversight” and “quarterly audits.”
The former lawmaker who lost his Neno seat in 2009 polls also claimed that they will create Local Government Collection Accounts which will be subject to council oversight, apart setting up Malawi Revenue Authority collection bases at district level.
“Our special emphasis is on the establishment of a solid foundation for wealth creation to Malawians PPM seeks to break the vicious circle of poverty, corruption and injustice by promoting an open and accountable democracy, equitable and rapid socio-economic growth and total respect for the Republican and its party constitution.
“PPM vision is to provide leadership of integrity as this will guarantee the people of Malawi a secure environment, an environment conducive to a vibrant democracy and economic prosperity underpinned by good governance,” said Katsonga.
Katsonga claimed the government continues to use the “one party system of governance, which was condemned in 1993 for locking Malawians in a serious poverty trap.”
During the meeting, Katsonga assured the gathering that the party will soon hold its convention.