Malawi President Mutharika Pledges More Development Ahead of Fresh Polls

As days to fresh presidential election draw closer, President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Friday assured people in the country of continued development.

Professor Mutharika, who is the torch bearer for the Democratic Progressive Party and United Democratic Front (DPPUDF) alliance in the fresh poll, was addressing a large gathering that converged at Chipiku in Kasungu on his way to the northern region.

The president said he delivers what he promises. He urged the people to vote for him for continued development.

“My government is focusing on youth development in the country. That is why there are more youth programmes. There is now Malawi Enterprise Development Fund benefitting the youth. There are community colleges.

“We will continue the developments that DPP government started since 2014. There is social cash transfer programme. There is Malata Subsidy Programme benefitting orphans, the elderly, persons with disabilities and those with albinism, “ said Professor Mutharika.

The president said his government will continue with road construction programme.

“We will construct the road from Lilongwe up to Rumphi. The funds are already there, the contractor is already identified. In Kasungu we will upgrade the Nthunduwala and Chamama roads,” he said.

For Kasungu, Professor Mutharika said he has big plans for the district as there will be a new district hospital constructed and Kasalika health centre will be upgraded to a rural hospital.

He warned of drug pilferage in hospitals saying those involved will be dealt with accordingly.

Professor Mutharika also pledged to improve security and water problems.

“We are considering of constructing a dam on Dwangwa river which will enable people have piped water in the district.

“On security, a new police station will be constructed since the current one is too old and also the Nkhamenya police station which was torched will be re- constructed soon,” he said.

People from Kasungu district, which is famous for tobacco growing, also got exciting news from the president who warned tobacco buying companies for offering low prices.

The people of Kasungu will also get new modern markets at Chinkhoma and Chatoloma.

Speaking earlier, Senior Chief Kaomba said the multitudes of people that gathered at the place was evidence enough that people are happy with the president.

He hailed the DPP and UDF alliance saying the two parties have experience of running the government.

“I have to praise you for choosing Atupele Muluzi as your running mate. DPP and UDF have been there in the government and the experience is immense unlike the other contestants in the fresh poll who are only experienced in holding demonstrations and going to court,” said Kaomba.

DPP senior member and also Minister of Population, Planning and Social Welfare Clara Makungwa assured the president that Kasungu is ready to give DPP UDF alliance votes.

“Be calm Professor Mutharika, The large crowd here will give you the votes come 23 June because of what you are doing to them,” she said.

As he continues to empower chiefs, Professor Mutharika said Sub Traditional Authority Mphomwa who has stayed on the STA position for 19 years will be elevated to Traditional Authority next week.