President Joyce Banda on Tuesday pleaded with party supporters in the northern largest district of Mzimba to convert their huge attendance figures at his political rally into People’s Party votes , touting herself as the God anointed leader.
Banda said she is anointed by God with a task to take Malawi from the past 50 years of abject poverty, misery and under development to the next 50 years commencing 2014 of prosperity for all.
“Time is coming for you to choose a leader. But how do you proceed? I would want to agree with the previous speakers that I deserve your vote. But vote for me based on my works. Men should vote for me because I am their mother and women because I am their sister,” said Banda who is facing election after being tainted by massive corruption in her government.
She was speaking during the official inauguration of works for construction of the Jenda – Edingeni road at Jenda Community day secondary School in Mzimba district.
Funded by the Abu Dhabi government, the China Railway Company will construct the road to Bitumen standard Class 11.
The President dedicated a few minutes of the political speech to the road, saying she initiated the project in 2008 when she was foreign affairs minister but it failed to see the day because of the DPP government and its leadership.
“Construction of this road will take 13 months and it will be in honour of the late Paramount Chief Mmbelwa IV whom I had promised for years,” she said.
Banda then engaged in a litany of development projects she claimed has been accomplished under her two year reign and also some special qualities that distinguishes her from other presidential contenders.
“Joyce Banda takes risks regardless of the consequences on the presidency if that can bring peace and development to the people. She does not also fear anything even a gun,” Banda said.
The President also said as a leader she is a servant of the people and that is why she traverses the length and breadth of Malawi meeting people in villages regardless of travel restrictions imposed by Finance Minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba for austerity measurers.
“A leader must find solutions to the countries problems. I have ended the fuel problem and we are building fuel reserves in the country’s three major cities. We are also bringing electricity to the villages under the rural electrification programme,” Banda prides herself.
Speaking earlier, Vice President Khumbo Kachali claimed people of the northern region were ready to vote for Banda because of the good things she had done for the country.
“People here have confidence in you and will ensure that you retain the presidency,” Kachali said.
Kachali then turned on the party’s aspirants accusing them of dividing the party along leadership lines.
“I would want to warn all those aspiring to stand on our ticket to desist from splitting us. The supporters and members of PP do not belong to you but to Madame Dr Banda. Phala muna tundalama twinu… iryani waka,” he said.
This is not the first time Kachali has taken head on the party’s aspirants, some of whom are senior officials in the national executive committee.
Ironically, in September this year Kachali admitted that PP is devoid of infighting and divisions.
Also speaking at the same function, Senior Chief Mtwalo asked all the people to vote for Banda in the 2014 tripartite elections saying all the Chiefs and people of Mzimba have already endorsed her.
“As a way of thanking you, we will give you our vote,” Chief Mtwalo said.
In January 2013, Banda also inaugurated the 25 Km Ekwendeni – Ezondweni road at Emuvuyeni in Mzimba district.
The upgraded road is the first phase of the Ekwendeni – Ezondweni – Kafukule – Eswazini- Mzimba road.
The Ekwendeni – Ezondweni project – initiated during the late President Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika regime – was initially budgeted at 1.8 billion Kwacha but cost the taxpayer over 4 billion Kwacha after its completion.
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