DPP Vice President for the South, Nankhumwa described voter registration as a critical step that will allow Malawians to choose candidates of their choice during 2019 general elections. Nankhumwa was speaking during whistle top tours he conducted in Mulanje district on Wednesday.
The whistle stop tours saw Nankhumwa, who was in accompany of Presidential Advisor on Political Affairs Francis Mphepo, DPP Regional Governor for the South Charles Mchacha, among others, addressing DPP supporters in Mulanje North, Mulanje West and Mulanje Central Constituencies.
"Voter registration is a critical step and if anyone fails to register it means he or she will not vote. So, we are mobilizing people to register and they have to register in large numbers," said Nankhumwa.
He was optimistic that DPP will remain in power next year owing to various development projects the current administration has registered.
Nankhumwa, who is also the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, also told constituents in Mulanje West Constituency that they will have a rural growth centre at Nkando Trading Centre comprising modern market, bus depot, library and a stadium.
He assured them that this project will be done within 2018/19 financial year. In the 2017/18 financial year, government delivered the Nthalire Rural Growth Centre to the people of Chitipa, Nambuma Rural Growth Centre to the people of Dowa, Malomo Rural Growth Centre in Ntchisi and Jenda Rural Growth Centre in Mzimba.
Meanwhile, government is finalizing Mkanda Rural Growth Centre in Mchinji, Chitekesa Rural Growth Centre in Phalombe and Chapananga Rural Growth Centre in Chikwawa.
Nankhumwa further urged communities to give President Arthur Peter Mutharika another term of office to complete different development programs aimed at uplifting people's living conditions in line with its vision of making Malawi a progressive nation.
"Government will continue to introduce strategies aimed at consolidating gains in fostering a progressive nation through the three development pillars of hard work, integrity and patriotism being championed by the country's leadership," said Nankhumwa.
He then warned duty bearers against monopolizing and engaging ghost workers in the implementation of social protection programs like the Malawi Social Action Fund's public works program meant to uplift people's living standards.