A host of chiefs in Ntcheu district have openly thrown weight behind President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika to continue leading the country beyond 2019.
For months, a debate has ensued across the country on whether President Mutharika should seek re-election in 2019 or not. Since then millions of Malawians have supported Mutharika’s bid saying he has demonstrated great leadership through development.
At a rally held in Ntcheu after the President officially opened the the Tsangano-Neno-Mwanza Road, 400 chiefs through their representative declared their support saying their district has benefited from some key projects under the Mutharika regime.
Among the projects in mention are Ntcheu Bus Depot, Ntcheu Stadium, Tsangano-Neno-Mwanza Road, Inkosi Gomani Road, new structures at the district commissioner’s office and at Ntcheu Hospital.
The declaration comes at a time when other quarters are pushing for sympathy from the district for Vice President Saulos Chilima in the wake of his decision to leave the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
The chiefs however said their loyalty and support is to President Mutharika because all that common people want is development, nothing else.
The rally also attracted thousands of Malawians who came to appreciate the groundbreaking ceremony.
The Tsangano-Neno-Mwanza road will upon completion open new economic, trade and social frontiers as it will connect Ntcheu district to Neno, Mwanza and Mozambique.
In the near future the whole western and southern part of Malawi will be connected as government plans to extend the road project from Mwanza to Chikwawa and Nsanje.
Malawi Defence Force, under its Engineering Department, is the contractor for the project and has promised to finish it within twelve months.