MCP Manifesto 2009 Malawi

January 10, 2011 at 16:06 Leave a comment

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Malawi Congress Party 2009 (from the Original document)



We can:

Feed our People
Cloth our People
House our People
Heal our People

We will:

Lead our People
Empower our People
Teach our People
Protect our People

We are:


Together we Can build a better Nation for all Malawians





Forward … 5
Introduction … 8

Good Governance, Accountability And Transparency … 9

1.1 The Executive … 9
1.2 The Judiciary … 9
1.3 Legislature … 9
1.4 Human and Civil Rights … 10
1.4.1 Political Stability And National Unity … 11
1.5 Popular Participation … 12
1.6 Civil Society … 12
1.7 Religion … 12
1.8 Anti Corruption … 13

2.0 National Security … 13
2.1 The Army … 13
2.1 The Police … 14
2.3 The Prison … 14

3.0 The Civil Service … 15

4.0 Economic Growth and Development … 16
4.1 Fiscal Policy … 16
4.1.1 Taxation … 18
4.2 Monetary Policy … 18
4.3 Investment And Savings Growth … 18
4.3 Budget and Aid Management … 20
4.5 Labour and Employment … 21

5.0 Strategies For Economic Growth … 22
5.1 Ensuring And Maintaining Food Security As Well As Increasing Agro-Based Cash incomes … 22
5.1.1 Smallholder Sector … 23
5.1.2 Food Security and Nutrition … 25
5.1.3 Agro-Based Cash income Generation … 28
5.1.4 Livestock Improvement And Security … 29
5.1.5 Fisheries … 32
5.2 Trade and Industry … 33
5.2.1 Corporation … 33
5.2.2 Small Businesses … 34
5.2.3 Manufacturing … 35
5.2.4 Exports … 35
5.2.5 Privatisation … 36
5.3 Tourism … 37
5.4 Energy And Mining … 38
5.5 Rural Development … 40
5.6 Land Reform … 42
5.7 Transport and Communication … 43
5.7.1 Roads … 43
5.7.2 Rail And Lake Services … 44
5.7.3 Telecommunication … 44
5.7.4 Aviation … 45
5.7.5 Broadcasting And Mass Media … 45
5.8 Information Technology … 46

6.0 Strategies For Social Economic Growth … 46
6.1 Education … 47
6.1.1 Education And Planning, Management And Administration … 49
6.1.2 Preschool … 50
6.1.3 Primary Education … 50
6.1.4 Secondary Education … 51
6.1.5 Teacher Training … 53
6.1.6 Secondary Teacher Training … 53
6.1.7 Universities … 53
6.1.8 Technical And Vocational Training … 54
6.1.9 Non-Formal And Adult Education … 55
6.1.10 Science And Technology … 55
6.1.11 Arts Sports And Culture … 56
6.2 Health And Population … 57
6.2.1 Population And Family Planning … 57
6.2.2 Primary Health Care … 58
6.2.3 HIV / AIDS … 59
6.3 Water and Sanitation … 60
6.4 Housing and Physical Planning … 61
6.5 Community Service and Social Welfare … 62
6.6 Women … 62
6.7 The Youth … 63
6.8 Families … 65
6.9 People with Disabilities and the Elderly … 65
6.10 Citizenship and Immigration … 66

7.0 Environment … 66
8.0 Disaster Preparedness … 69
9.0 Foreign Policy … 69



On 14th June 1993, Malawians under the Malawi congress Party (MCP) Government decided to transform the system of Government from one party state to a multiparty system of Government. Since then three elections have been held, in 1994, 1999 and in 2004. During these elections the people of Malawi voted the UDF party into Government. The 2004 election results were controversial because of concerns about rigging. The MCP was the main aggrieved party but the court process could not be pursued on technical grounds relating to the constitutional time period within which complaints should be filed. However, the President elected under the United Democratic Front (UDF) banner during the rigged elections, defected to form his own Party, The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). This development resulted into a number of administrative problems in the country, including the defection of Members of Parliament from their political parties to join the DPP, the party that became a ruling party outside the General Election Process. The decetions were in contravention of Section 65 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi. Consequent upon these developments that started in February 2005, the UDF only run the Government for about eleven years. The last four years of this term were run by the DPP. Malawi as a Nation and the people have gone through various experiences during the last fifteen years. The experiences included problems of food security, problems of individual and personal security, unstable interest and exchange rates and economic mismanagement, corruption, and rampant disregard of the rule of law, including constitutional provisions. Although there were some gains on the economic front at the macro level, the benefits of these gains were felt by only a few. This year in May, Malawians will once again be going to the polls to vote into Government a political party of their choice. On the basis of the experience of the last fifteen years, we believe that Malawians are eager to have a government that will not only guarantee them food security and proper fiscal, monetary and financial management, but a political party and Government whose priority is to develop a sense of patriotism, and acceptance of the principles of democracy in which the differences of opinion and the principle of separation of powers are cherished the importance of the rule of law acknowledged in practice. The MCP stands ready to context in the May election and to meet the expectations of Malawians. The MCP would like to remind Malawians that, as the country searches for prosperity and new opportunities for its people, let us all remember with pride that it is the MCP that fought both colonialism and imperialism, defeated the federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and brought independence, economic progress and human dignity to the people of Malawi. It is against this background that the MCP stands ready to contest in the 2009 elections as it has a lot to offer in areas in which Malawians have found hardships in the last fifteen years. This MCP 2009 Manifesto lays down the political philosophy. It is against this background that the MCP stands ready to contest in the 2009 elections as it has a lot to offer in the areas in which Malawians have found hardships in the last fifteen years. This MCP 2009 Manifesto lays down the political philosophy and the broad policy framework upon which the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) administration, once elected, will concretise its broad vision of reconciliation, reconstruction and development of the Malawi Nation. This Manifesto is geared towards restoring the pride of all Malawians for belonging to the beautiful land of Malawi. It is intended, one the MCP is elected into power, to reserve the declining trend in socio-economic development by laying a sustainable economy and state infrastructure that grows and provides jobs and make life better for all Malawians, regardless of their political, ethnic and religious affiliation. This will be achieved by, among other things, reducing government over-expenditure and economic mismanagement, initiating projects and programmes aimed at growth and development, correcting imbalance in resource distribution, eliminating inequalities prevalent in the society, reducing corruption at all levels, supporting and subsidizing production instead of consumption, empowering all Malawians to take part in the development process, creating and the spirit of loyalty, patriotism and pride to be a Malawian. Malawi is worse off in governance and corruption that it was fifteen years ago. Although it is able to produce enough food to feed itself, there is gross mismanagement of the quantities produced and the marketing for the interest of the people of this country, and there is high level of political intolerance that is inconsistent with the spirit of democracy and multiparty politics. The Poverty Alleviation Programme which was designed to uplift the living standards of the majority of the Malawians has turned into an instrument of political patronage. Corruption is rampant and there is a high rate of crime in the country. The country’s infrastructure is in a state of disrepair, the value of the once strong Malawi Kwacha has deteriorated rapidly and there is a very high rate of unemployment. The quality of education, which was the envy of our neighbours, has declined so drastically at all levels that nobody is now proud of it. The credibility of the MCE examinations has become questionable because of corruption among those responsible for the printing and distribution of examination papers. There are chronic shortages of essential drugs in public hospitals in addition to serious congestion and poor state of the facilities. The list of the ills is endless. The message to all Malawians is that they should vote wisely during the forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. Failure to use their votes wisely and thus giving another mandate to the DPP administration to rule the country, which will lead to continued corruption, nepotism, and discrimination, hunger amid  plenty, crime, drug shortages, economic missmanagment through corruption and substandard implementation of projects and unemployment. This is the time that all Malawians need to objectively take stock of political, economic and social development that have taken place over the last fifteen years. We need to assess the gains and losses made and make a firm decision to put in place the appropriate leadership and political party that can provide the necessary political stability and rapid and sustainable economic and social development aspired by all Malawians. The MCP government wishes to inform all Malawians that it is the Party that can provide the appropriate leadership that can reverse the declining trends experienced over the last 15 years. The MCP, having been in government before, it well experienced, well geared and determined to bring genuine socio-economic development to the country. The MCP pledges that it is primary task, once elected into power during May 2009 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, will be to reconcile all the diverse political, economic and social forces to work for the common good of the country. The MCP pledges a politically stable, economically prosperous, socially healthy and technologically competitive economy. The MCP Government further pledges that it will be committed to the propagation of a vibrant democratic nation by nurturing the development of a robust democratic culture, by fostering the enjoyment of human rights and democratic freedoms through the full consolidation and institutionalism of the democratic traditions, that provide a catalyst for peace, stability, unity and development. The MCP is committed to take Malawi out of its political, economic, cultural and social mess. But to do so, the Party requires the mandate of all well-intentioned Malawians. The MCP seeks such mandate in order to concretise its vision for the country into reality. Once the MCP is granted the mandate, it will take Malawi on a course of rapid recovery in the social and economic spheres and will consolidate the gains in the cultural and political fields. The MCP is equipped with the necessary sound insights, strategies and policies to make Malawi a better nation once again. The appeal, therefore, is for all Malawians to rise and restore the pride of our nation. Let us not lose the chance this time! In order to attain the aspirations of the Malawian people and achieve dignity and prosperity in our country, please vote wisely on the 19th May 2009.

John Z. U. Tembo



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