MCP Manifesto 2004 Malawi

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Malawi Congress Party Manifesto 2004 (from the Original document)

Reconciliation Reconstruction AND DEVELOPMENT



Forward … 4
Introduction … 8

1.0 Good Governance, Accountability And Transparency … 9
1.1 The Executive … 9
1.2 The Judiciary … 9
1.3 Legislature … 10
1.4 Human and Civil Rights … 11
1.4.1 Political Stability And National Unity … 11
1.5 Popular Participation … 12
1.6 Civil Society … 13
1.7 Religion … 13
1.8 Anti Corruption … 14

2.0 National Security … 15
2.1 The Army … 15
2.1 The Police … 16
2.3 Prisons … 16

3.0 The Civil Service … 17

4.0 Economic Growth And Development … 18
4.1 Fiscal Policy … 19
4.1.1 Taxation … 21

4.2 Monetary Policy … 22
4.3 Investment And Savings Growth … 22
4.3 Budget And Aid Management … 25
4.5 Labour and Employment … 26

5.0 Strategies For Economic Growth … 27
5.1 Ensuring And Maintaining Food Security As Well As Increasing Agro-Based Cash incomes … 27
5.1.1 Smallholder Sector … 28
5.1.2 Food Security and Nutrition … 30
5.1.3 Agro-Based Cash income Generation … 33
5.1.4 Livestock Improvement And Security … 35
5.1.5 Fisheries … 38
5.2 Trade and Industry … 39
5.2.1 Corporation … 39
5.2.2 Small Businesses … 40
5.2.3 Manufacturing … 41
5.2.4 Exports … 42
5.2.5 Privatisation … 42
5.3 Tourism … 43
5.4 Energy And Mining … 45
5.5 Rural Development … 47
5.6 Land Reform … 48
5.7 Transport and Communication … 49
5.7.1 Roads … 49
5.7.2 Rail And Lake Services … 50
5.7.3 Telecommunication … 50
5.7.4 Aviation … 51
5.7.5 Broadcasting And Mass Media … 51
5.8 Information Technology … 52
6.0 Strategies For Social Economic Growth … 53
6.1 Education … 53
6.1.1 Education And Planning, Management And Administration … 55
6.1.2 Preschool … 56
6.1.3 Primary Education … 56
6.1.4 Secondary Education … 58
6.1.5 Teacher Training … 59
6.1.6 Secondary Teacher Training … 59
6.1.7 Universities … 60
6.1.8 Technical And Vocational Training … 59
6.1.9 Non-Formal And Adult Education … 61
6.1.10 Science And Technology … 62
6.1.11 Arts Sports And Culture … 63
6.2 Health And Population … 64
6.2.1 Population And Family Planning … 64
6.2.2 Primary Health Care … 65
6.2.3 HIV / AIDS … 66
6.3 Water and Sanitation … 67
6.4 Housing and Physical Planning … 68
6.5 Community Service and Social Welfare … 69
6.6 Women … 69
6.7 The Youth … 70
6.8 Families … 72
6.9 People with Disabilities and the Elderly … 72
6.10 Citizenship and Immigration … 73
7.0 Environment … 73
8.0 Disaster Preparedness … 75
9.0 Foreign Policy … 76


We all recall that on the 14th June 1993, Malawians under the Malawi Congress Party Government decided to transform from one party state to a multiparty system of Government. Since then two elections have been held, in 1994 and 1999. During these elections, the people of Malawi voted the UDF party into office and it has run the government now for ten years. Malawi as a nation and a people have undergone through various experience during the period of the UDF administration, which have included problem of food security, individual and personal security, unstable interest and exchange rates and economic mismanagement. This year, on 18 May Malawians will once again be going to the polls to vote into office a political party of their choice. On the basis of experience of the last ten years, we believe that Malawians are eager to have a government that will guarantee them food security, internal security and proper fiscal, monetary and financial management. The Malawi Congress Party stands ready to contest in the May election and to meet the expectations of Malawians. The Malawi Congress Party, wishes to remind Malawians, what we have always said before that, as we search for prosperity and new opportunities for our country, let us all remember with pride that it is the Malawi Congress Party (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 2004 elections as it has a lot to offer in the areas in which Malawians have found hardships in the last ten years. This Malawi Congress Party 2004 Manifesto lays down the political philosophy and the broad policy framework upon which the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) administration, once elected, will concretise its 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 that has been brought about during the 10-year period of UDF administration by developing a sustainable economy and state infrastructure that grow, provide jobs and make life better for all Malawians. 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. Malawians can bear witness that, during the period of the UDF administration, they have been a people with dashed hopes, frustrated aspirations and victims of bad governance and administration as the administration has failed miserably in delivering its electoral pledges. Today, the country is worse off than it was ten years ago. The Malawi Nation is no longer able to produce enough food to feed itself and there is high level of political intolerance that is inconsistent with the spirit behind democracy and multi-party 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 and the value of the once strong Malawi Kwacha has deteriorated seriously 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. 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 that the UDF has brought about during its reign is endless but this is to just mention a few of them. 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 UDF administration to rule the country will be to sanctify corruption, nepotism, hunger, crime, drug shortages, economic mismanagement, unemployment and violence. This is the time that all Malawians need to objectively take stock of political, economic and social developments that have taken place over the last ten 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 Malawi Congress Party 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 10 years under the rule of the UDF administration. It is also the Party that can fulfil the aspirations of the citizens of Malawi. The Malawi Congress Party, having been in government before, it well experienced, well geared and determined to bring genuine socio-economic development to this country under the new multiparty dispensation. The Malawi Congress Party pledges that, once elected into power during the May 2004 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, its primary task would be to reconcile all the diverse political, economic and social forces to work for the common good of the country. It also pledges to usher the country into the 21st Century with a politically stable, economically prosperous, socially healthy and technologically competitive economy. The MCP administration further pledges that it will be committed to the propagation of a vibrant democratic Malawi 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 progress. 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 once again wants to assure all Malawians that it is well equipped with the necessary sound insights, strategies and policies to make Malawi a better nation once again. The appeal is therefore to let us rise and restore the pride of our nation. Let us not loose that 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 18 th May 2004.

John Z. U. Tembo

President of the M.C.P


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