Lilongwe: President Dr. Joyce Banda on Friday told thousands of people who converged at Mdika Primary School ground in Dowa that she has no reason to rig elections because she has a solid track record which will see her win the forthcoming tripartite elections.
The President was speaking after presiding over the switching on of electricity at Kayembe Trading Centre in Traditional Authority Kayembe in the district under the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme.
She told the gathering that she is committed as leader of Malawi to ensure that the rural poor people have good living standards.
“I have built houses for the needy, we brought safe and potable water to several communities in the country; we have distributed several cows to the poor.
Ntchisi: President Dr. Joyce Banda has urged people of Traditional Authority Chikho in Ntchisi district to vote for her if their area is to be more developed.
She said this Thursday when she officially switched on electricity lights at Mzandu Health Centre under the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (Marep) Phase Seven.
The President said once voted into power, she will make sure that the area has a secondary school, police unit as well as bridges.
“I have come at the right time and be assured that this (Marep) is just the beginning of more developments to come in this area,” said Banda.
Lilongwe: 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.
Nkhotakota: 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.
Lilongwe: President Dr. Joyce Banda says her personal childbirth horror experience urges her to fight for safe motherhood for Malawian women.
The President was speaking at Chinkhuti Primary School Ground after she officially opened a 24-bed waiting shelter for pregnant women at Lumbadzi Health Centre in Dowa.
“When I was giving birth to my child in 1984, I had a very bad experience. I was unconscious for some time, but a quick intervention by Dr. Chiphangwi saved my life.
“Since that time I have been praying to God to give me an opportunity to save the lives of my fellow women when giving birth through interventions like the waiting shelter which will ensure that pregnant women are closer to medical help,” she said.
Blantyre: In a rather twist of events, New Republican Party (NRP) has pulled out from Tisintha Alliance and announced that the party has rallied their support behind JB’s People’s Party.
President of the NRP, Alexander William Nguluwe, announced this on Friday night at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre where Nguluwe and other party members held an audience with President Joyce Banda.
Nguluwe said soon he shall start the process of deregistering his party after being satisfied with how the current administration is running its business.
“The decision to deregister the NRP and joining People’s Party came after noticing that the way how the current president is running the business is not far from my party’s ideologies.
Zomba: President Joyce Banda has said road infrastructure is key to economic development especially in rural hard-to-reach areas like Chingale in Zomba where people have waited in vain for a tarmac road for over five decades since the country’s independence.
President Banda made the remarks at Namitembo Primary School ground in Zomba after she officially launched the 62km Machinga-Chingale-Lirangwe road that will connect Blantyre –Zomba and Machinga districts.
She told the gathering the road was one of her dreams and the launch marked the realization of the vision of transformation of the people in the catchment area socially and economically.
President Banda said Chingale is a potential agricultural area and the road will open up markets and easy transportation of farm produce to traders from Blantyre and other areas.
Blantyre: As one way of eradicating poverty in the country, the Presidential Initiative on Poverty and Hunger Reduction has managed to distribute about 756 cows under a cow a family initiative to vulnerable farm families.
Presidential Initiative on Poverty and Hunger Deputy National Coordinator, Dr. Susan Chikagwa Malunga disclosed this in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana).
Dr. Malunga said the initiative has ensured that women and youths who are considered vulnerable groups are socially and economically empowered through the programme.
“This five-year initiative targets over 1.5 million vulnerable farmers and so far we have managed to distribute 756 cows in 24 districts. Arrangements are in progress to reach out to the remaining districts of Salima, Machinga, Nsanje and Likoma.
A latest opinion poll says President Joyce Banda and her People’s Party will win the May 20 elections with 42 per cent while her closest rival is DPP’s Peter Mutharika trailing with 23 per cent.
Research Tech Consultants, who conducted the poll, put MCP’s Dr. Lazarus Chakwera at number three with 22 percent while Atupele Muluzi of UDF is fourth with 10 per cent.
The poll says the remaining eight presidential candidates got 172 respondents or four per cent from the the sample size of 3,883.
Dar es Salaam: Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, on Saturday said he was very grateful that Malawi President, Dr. Joyce Banda, and five other African leaders had attended the country’s 50th anniversary of a union government of Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
Kikwete expressed this in his keynote address during the Anniversary celebrations which were held at Uhuru Stadium in Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam, with the theme centering on calling all Tanzanians to continue uniting and owning the union.
The Tanzanian leader said the presence of President Banda as Malawi president and SADC Chair and other African leaders at the event showed the importance the leaders attached to the decision that was made by the founding presidents of the union government, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanganyika and Abed Aman Karume of Zanzibar to have the two countries united.