PPM says JB gov’t is a ‘big joke’: Spits fire ahead of Jan 18 indaba

People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) – one of the parties expected to field a presidential candidate in the next year’s tripartite elections – says the year 2013 has been one of the worst in the history of Malawian modern politics and has since urged Malawians not to vote into government all those parties that have ever led this country – MCP, UDF, DPP, PP.

The PPM has argued that these former ruling parties and the incumbent will never bear any fruit in developing the country as they share the same archaic ways of running matters of the state.

Speaking at a news conference  on New Year’s eve in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre, PPM president Mark Katsonga described the Joyce Banda led government as a big joke for her lack of confidence and foresight in dealing with the country’s political and socio-economical woes.

“Malawians have gone through the most difficult time this year and we’ve a lot of work to do. As PPM, it is our practice to review every year politically and economically and plan what to do ahead,” said Katsonga during what he called a year-end review news briefing.

Mark Katsonga:  Blasts Joyce Banda administration
Mark Katsonga: Blasts Joyce Banda administration

He added: “As we end this year [2013], we must ask ourselves whether or not we voted for the right people considering the fact that we are drawing closer to the general elections.”

The PPM president challenged that once elected into power the PPM government will turn tables around since it will be focused on serving the people and not accumulating power and money.

Katsonga. recently a headliner in local Malawi papers for being the only presidential aspirant who wants government’s account number one closed, scathingly talked-off the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP), saying it is exploitative on tax payers and not eco-friendly.

“PPM has for the past ten years been working out on what would be the best replacement for FISP and has discovered that bio-fertilizer is best,” said Katsonga, adding: “We have discussed this as party with stakeholders and it has proved to be workable. It is cheap and not harmful to the environment.”

He said that immaturity in political parties is also responsible for the mediocrity state of affairs in the country.

“Government is serious business. You don’t form a party today and go into an election or government a few months or years later,” he said.

He concluded: “We are ten years now and have been watching things as they roll out in the country. We believe PPM is very ready now and can take over government.”

During the convention, PPM announced that it will hold its national indaba on 18th January, 2014 and primaries immediately afterwards.

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