Undermine JB’s 2019 chances at your own peril


Former President Joyce Banda stormed the Southern Region over the past week sending a message to opponents that they should undermine her at their own peril.

Banda who ruled Malawi for two years wants to return to the presidency promising to introduce pro-poor programmes.

On Friday, Banda invaded Phalombe where she held a rally at Nazombe Primary School, Group Vilage Headman Makhonya, in the area of Traditional Authority, T/A Nanzombe in Phalombe.

In her speech, the former Malawi leader expressed concern that projects which her government failed to complete have been abandoned by the Peter Mutharika administration.

”We need to take responsibility of our development agenda regardless of any political attachment,” said Banda

On her plans if re-elected during the 21 May elections, Banda said she will introduce programmes aimed at reducing poverty levels and improving the county’s economy.

”We need to revamp our economy. Under the Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) we managed to revamp the economy that was in a devastating state in 2 years. Phase 2, we are going to come up with another milestone, a plan that will bring joy to Malawians,” said Banda.

She added that poverty alleviation and wealth creation are key to her agenda and promised to introduce 10 billion kwacha loan scheme to help support small scale enterprises, cheap fertilizer for all and free electricity for people in rural areas.

She also promised to construct houses for poor people saying social protection is paramount to any caring government that has welfare of the poor and the underprivileged at heart.

Banda then mentioned plans to abolish driving licenses that require continuous license renewal for motorists.

She said the process has proved to be a burden to many young Malawians who earn a living through driving.

Before the rally, Banda visited houses which were constructed during her regime through the   Mudzi Transformation Trust.

She said she was shocked to learn that some DPP members are demanding demolition of Mudzi Transformation Trust houses which are along the Zomba Jali road.