APM vows to continue with pro-poor development initiatives

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President Arthur Peter Mutharika has vowed that not even the pressure from the opposition would stop him from introducing and sustaining projects that are meant to benefit the poor.

President Mutharika touring construction work on Phalombe District Hospital President Mutharika touring construction work on Phalombe District Hospital

Mutharika said this on Tuesday when he addressed a developmental rally at Makuwa Community Day Secondary School ground in the area of Traditional Authority Ntchema in Chiradzulu, after inspecting progress on the Zomba – Jali – Chitakale Road and Phalombe District Hospital.

The President said the DPP – led government would continue with the Social Cash Transfer Scheme and the Decent and Affordable Housing Programme popularly known as Malata and Cement as one way of improving living conditions of people in rural areas.

“But I am surprised that some people in the opposition are against the idea of government implementing the programme – which to me is just out of malice meant to frustrate government in its efforts of improving people’s living conditions,” Mutharika said.

“Most of the people opposing the Malata and Cement programme are living in very comfortable houses in Lilongwe and elsewhere and then you tend to wonder when they oppose government in its attempt to provide people with basic things in life like decent housing,” he added.

On this note, Mutharika emphasized that his administration would continue to spread development projects across the country from Chitipa to Nsanje regardless of political affiliations, pointing out that infrastructure in the area of roads, bridges and health facilities would be prioritised.   

“We will continue to initiate development projects in the area of roads, bridges and hospitals. For four years, we have managed to do what others failed to do in 31 years,” he said, adding that there was need for people to continue rendering government the necessary support for its development aspirations to be realised.  

Member of Parliament for Chiradzulu East, Henry Mussa hailed government for implementing various development activities in the area, saying all the projects have been successful due to the visionary and dynamic leadership of President Mutharika.

Mussa who is also Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, observed that every leadership comes from God, wondering why some members decided to split from the main party to start a parallel structure, describing the members of the movement as dishonest and opportunists.

“From the materials that the movement has since mobilized is a clear indication that the idea was preconceived,” Mussa observed.

Speaking earlier, Traditional Authority Ntchema also commended government for initiating numerous development programmes in the area, citing the upgrading of Chiradzulu – Chiringa Road, construction of Thumbwe and Ida Chilembwe Community Technical Colleges and Milepa Rural Hospital.

However, T/A Ntchema asked government to consider providing the youth with some soft loans to enable them engage in different economic activities aimed at improving their lives to become self–reliant.

He also asked government to engage farmers in winter irrigation farming as one way of averting hunger since farmers in the area did not realize enough yield due to dry spells and an outbreak of fall army worm in this year’s growing season.

Before addressing the rally, the President went on a whistle stop tour through Mulanje-Chitakale and Migowi Trading Centres and various points to Chiradzulu.     

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