Chakwera preaches faith amidst fear
President Lazarus Chakwera has urged people in the country to have faith as the country is going through a healing process.
Speaking on Friday at a development rally at Mitundu Primary School in Lilongwe, Chakwera said it is only through hard work that the country is going to register meaningful development.
While admitting that his government has not yet started implementing some of their campaign promises, he said he is putting more effort in completing stalled projects as plans for new projects are in the pipeline.
"I do not want to have substandard projects; hence we are taking our time to prepare well. What is needed most is also mindset change for every Malawian as things will only work out if we all put our hearts into developing our country," he said.
President Chakwera also said he is aware of certain individuals who are deliberately sabotaging his work to make him look like a failure, but said he would not bow down to such as he is focused on people's livelihood improvement.
"Time to use Malawians is long gone; now it is time for all people in the country to enjoy direct benefits of development activities, not a few selected powerful individuals," he said.
According to Chakwera, the country's present challenges are due to huge debts made during previous regimes which he said are hindering Malawi's economic growth because the country is still struggling to settle them.
In his remarks, MCP Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka commended President Chakwera for his commitment to the country's development. He said the will to complete different projects started by previous regimes is testimony of his commitment to developing the country.
The President has since announced his invitation to the World Economic Forum, a platform he says is good for the economic growth and recovery of the country.
"You have opened a structure at LUANAR today which I would describe as top class; if all leaders were like you Your Excellency, this country would not have been where it is now," said Mkaka.
He said despite several challenges people in the country are going through as a result of COVID-19, Russia/Ukraine war and recent cyclones that hit the country, people can still afford to smile following impressive farm gate prices being implemented by government in crops such as soya beans. The crop is being sold at K700/kg.
In his welcoming remarks earlier, Senior Chief Chiseka said this was the first time a sitting president visited the area, a gesture he said gave them hope and confidence of great things to happen in the area.
Members of Parliament for Lilongwe Msinja North and Msozi South, Binton Kutsaira and Lyanna Kakhobwe Chapota respectively, took turns to praise the President for being true to his campaign promises by, among other things, improving people's livelihood and increasing the number of Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP) beneficiaries.
In his remarks, Kutsaira endorsed Chakwera's candidature in the 2025 polls, saying the President ought to get 100 per cent votes from the area.
Earlier, the President officially opened the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Bunda Campus, administration building and a teaching facility.