President Dr. Joyce Banda has said she is thankful to Malawians for being behind her and for giving her chance to reclaim the country from various problems the country was experiencing when she was ascending to the throne in 2012.
She was speaking at Nkhotakota LEA School and Dwangwa Trading Centre in Nkhotakota district where she conducted developmental rallies and officially opened Dwangwa Market.
In her remarks, the President said because of the trust that Malawians had on her, her Government put in place various strategies to put the economy back on track.
“When we were taking over, we had no enough food, forex and fuel but these problems have now been solved. This has happened because you trusted me and you were very supportive,” she said.
The President said she will not stop prioritizing the welfare of people in rural areas because they are her masters.
“Economic growth has risen from 1.8 per cent in 2012 to 6 per cent now and together we can improve this growth rate. However, I will be very happy and satisfied when the effects of the economic growth trickle down to people in rural areas so that they should lead a better life,” she said.
She thanked People’s Party (PP) shadow MP for Nkhotakota Central Clement Stambuli for crucial role he played in supporting PP after its formation, citing that that is why she has spared time to visit Nkhotakota despite having tight schedule.
Speaking earlier, her running mate Sosten Gwengwe said Malawians will on 20 May 2014 vote for President Dr Banda because she is a hard-worker and she prioritizes the welfare of people especially those living in remote areas.
“We would also like to thank you [the President]for taking youths as your partners in development as evidenced by appointing some of them as ministers to be ambassadors of the rest.
“From the PP’s manifesto, youths currently have hope that their challenges will be solved when PP wins the tripartite elections. They are already excited with Motor Bike Taxis Initiative which is a direct programme to empower youths in the country,” Gwengwe said.
On his part, PP Vice President (Centre) Uladi Mussa said President Dr Banda will win the elections because she has got enough experience, puts in place strategies to solve various problems and has good programmes like Mudzi Transformation Trust.
Stambuli asked the President to consider giving Nkhotakota a town status from district status so that they can benefit from street lights, bus depot and modern market.
Senior Chief Malengachanzi who thanked the President for promoting chiefs including him asked the President to consider increasing beneficiaries of Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP).