Mutharika was speaking on Saturday at Bangula Football Ground in Nsanje – Lalanje when he conducted a political rally to drum up support for the DPP candidate ahead of by-elections scheduled for Tuesday.
He said time has come for the electorates to vote for a DPP candidate in order to sustain development projects his government initiated.
“The by-elections are not meant to change the government. They will just be conducted to fill a vacant seat. Therefore, we are in government and development comes from the government. Let me assure you that if you vote for Gladys Ganda, development project will continue flourishing here,” Mutharika said.
On youth empowerment, President Mutharika said government has a passion for the youth demonstrated by construction of community technical colleges for youth empowerment in self-reliance.
He said government plans to have 28 colleges completed across the country by December 2018 before taking construction works to constituencies.
“I am sure that with this, more youths will have something to rely on. For Nsanje, we have resources to construct a technical college at Tengani,” Mutharika said.
He reiterated that the Malawi Congress Party ruled for a long time but never considered the issue of Nsanje – Blantyre Road which the DPP has put tarmac within the few years it has been in power.
Mutharika further said government will continue developing the Lower Shire by rehabilitating the Nsanje – Limbe railway line, constructing the Thyolo – Makwasa – Bangula and Thabwa – Fatima road to facilitate easy transportation of both people and crop produce.
On the Nsanje Inland Port, the President said government is geared to continue the project.
“Let me assure you that the issue is being treated as a priority and we are still discussing with the Mozambique government and possibly things will work for the better,” he said adding that government is also discussing with the Japanese Government to assist in the construction of Mtayamoyo Bridge.