Malawians should remember where the country was –President Joyce Banda


President Dr. Joyce Banda continues her campaign trail and recently she held a stop-over rally in Nkhotakota in the area of Traditional Authority Mwansambo and asked Malawians to remember how the situation was in the country the time she took over leadership and compare with the current state of affairs.

Speaking to thousands of people who had gathered at Mwansambo Secondary School ground, President Banda said it was through her tireless efforts and love for the people of Malawi that things have turned for the better in the country.

“Two years ago, before I came into power, everything seemed to be going in the reverse direction for this country. On the economic front, issues of human rights and our relations with external partners were souring every passing day.

“Even political tolerance was non-existent in this country. People were getting arrested for holding diverse views and there was no one who was allowed on the street to have their voice heard on issues not in favour of ruling powers. But I changed all that when I assumed leadership,” said the President.

The President said although as a country Malawi is not yet there, it is on a right path and she therefore asked Malawians to entrust her party to take them through by voting them into power in the forthcoming polls on 20 May.


“As a party our manifesto is very clear, the welfare of the people is our driving engine. We want to transform the lives of the people of Malawi by uplifting the social status and offering them means of earning a decent living,” she said.

President Banda also advised shadow Member of Parliament for the area Agnes Chatipwa together with all aspiring councilors who are contesting on the Peoples Party (PP) ticket not to take people for granted but to act as their servants.

The President made a donation of an ambulance to be used at Mwansambo Health Centre and also donated bicycles and maize which was distributed to the elderly and the needy in the area.

Speaking earlier, Traditional Authority Mwansambo expressed his gratitude to the President on various initiatives that have been made which he said have helped in easing so many challenges that the people of the area were facing.

“For a period of four months now we have been receiving maize here continuously, this is the first time for a thing of that nature to happen in Malawi under the rule of a black person. The elderly in our area are being taken care of as just recently they also received a donation of blankets,” said TA Mwansambo.

The TA also said among other interventions, the schools in the area have also received a donation of desks and assorted learning materials which have gone a long way in uplifting education delivery at the schools.

Shadow Member of Parliament for the area Agnes Chatipwa asked the President to consider constructing a road leading to the area which also connects with Ntchisi district.

“I have been asking for this road in parliament all this time and today that you are here maybe it is wise that I deliver my plea which is also a plea of the people of this area. We need this road in a good state to help transport our patients to the district hospital in good time,” said Chatipwa.

Asmaa Mubita is a Kenyan journalist of international repute with over fifteen years of experience in broadcast journalism. Asmaa Mubita began his journalism career at the Kenyan state broadcaster (KBC) and later worked at the KTN owned by the Standard Group and Citizen Television, the flagship brand of Royal Media Services. These exploits together with his reporting experience with the Voice of America, CNN and BBC have been rewarded with local and global recognition.