Mutharika Conquers Blantyre: Vows To End Poverty, Constructs Stadiums For BB, Wanderers

Part of the mammoth crowd that attended the Chirimba rally

President Professor Peter Mutharika has vowed to continue developing the
country amidst the challenging socio-economic conditions.

Speaking on Sunday at Chinseu in Ndirande when he concluded his whistle stop tour of Blantyre City, Mutharika said he has always had the passion to develop Malawi to the status of some well known developed countries.

“I am tired of hearing stories of how poor our country is and this is why I am working so hard to develop this nation. My government is implementing various programmes aimed at reducing poverty and boosting
the economy.

“For instance, my government is implementing the social cash transfer programme that aims at uplifting the livelihood of the rural poor. We are also constructing roads in all parts of the country because I
believe roads play a crucial role in national development,” the President said.

Mutharika also cited the establishment of community technical colleges as some of the initiatives that would contribute to economic growth.

For people of Blantyre, Mutharika promised to construct a district hospital since Blantyre currently does not have its own hospital.

“Apart from the ring road which we are sure will be completed soon and other road projects in the district, we will also construct a stadium at Njamba Freedom Park and renovate Kamuzu stadium as one way of developing sports in the country,” he said.

Part of the blue sea that flooded Ndirande

“I love football and as part of my contribution, I will construct two separate stadiums for Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers football clubs,” Mutharika said.

Mutharika appealed to Malawians not to listen to critics of his administration, describing such critics as leaders without vision who wished nothing good for the country.

“There is a lot that we have done but the opposition does not appreciate our work. Don’t listen to them, they are bad people,” Mutharika said.

Mutharika has since asked Malawians to vote for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the forth coming May 21 Tripartite Elections.

“I would describe the general elections as watershed because they will determine whether to bring the country forward or backwards. However, all I am asking of you is to vote for the DPP for development to continue.

“When you see maize and Nsima just know that it is DPP. So, come May 21, 2019 vote for our mighty party-DPP,” he said

DPP Vice President for the South, Kondwani Nankhumwa hailed Mutharika for developing the country and Blantyre in particular.

Nankhumwa assured the President that people from South would reward him by voting the party back into power in the May elections.

“The DPP is very strong here in the South. Rest assured that come May 21, we will carry the day and bounce back in the driving seat,” said Nankhumwa.

Speaking earlier, Traditional Authority Kapeni also commended Mutharika for face-lifting Blantyre district, the country’s commercial city, citing the dual-courage from Chileka round-about to Clock Tower as one
such development that a visionary leader brings to his country.

“We are very grateful for all what you have done to our district. All chiefs in Blantyre are thankful for that,” said Kapeni.

James Chuma, Chairperson of Malawi National Council of Sports described the four stadiums to be constructed in Blantyre as a great achievement in as far as sports development was concerned.

“Sports cannot develop without government commitment. We salute the president for showing the interest to develop sports in the country,” Chuma said.

Before the rally in Ndirande, Mutharika stopped at Chirimba, Luwanda and Makhetha in Machinjiri Township where he also appealed to Malawians to give him chance to develop the country.

A mammoth crowd braved the incessant rains to see the Malawian leader as he sold his vision for the country beyond May 21 elections.

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