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Frelimo 2004 Manifesto Mozambique

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EXORTAÇÃO (from the Original document)

Moçambicanas,
Moçambicanos,
Compatriotas,

A FRELIMO instalou o sistema democrático, ao conquistar e declarar a independência nacional em 25 de Junho de 1975. Hoje, somos uma nação em que todos os cidadãos convivem na alegria e na esperança de um amanhã mais promissor. A confiança que a FRELIMO soube conquistar permite que hoje continuemos a afirmarmo-nos como um país que continua a pugnar pela Unidade Nacional, um país que constrói o bem-estar de todos os moçambicanos, um país de paz que granjeia cada vez mais respeito no seio da comunidade internacional.
Desde a Luta de Libertação Nacional, a FRELIMO tem demonstrado a sua capacidade de conduzir os destinos do País lutando pela paz, pela estabilidade e pela democracia, dando provas irrefutáveis da sua capacidade de produzir mudanças positivas. Por isso, votemos no Partido FRELIMO e no seu candidato, ARMANDO EMÍLIO GUEBUZA.

Moçambicanas,
Moçambicanos,
Compatriotas,

O Povo moçambicano sempre confiou ao Partido FRELIMO a gloriosa tarefa de dirigir os destinos da República de Moçambique. Hoje, o País inteiro orgulha-se pelos progressos sociais e económicos alcançados. Juntos consolidámos a Paz, a Democracia e a Unidade Nacional. Juntos lutámos pela estabilidade e pelo desenvolvimento económico e social do nosso País. Juntos edificámos uma Administração Pública moderna. Juntos aprofundámos as bases para maior justiça social e solidariedade humana. Por tudo isto, juntos elevámos a imagem de prestígio do nosso País na arena internacional, permitindo o alargamento da cooperação, solidariedade e amizade no Mundo.
Ao longo de quatro décadas, a FRELIMO é o único Partido que se afirmou como uma força política em constante crescimento e com capacidade interna de se revigorar.
Nos dias 1 e 2 de Dezembro de 2004, somos chamados a decidir o futuro do nosso País em eleições multipartidárias. Pela terceira vez, vamos exercer o nosso direito de votar de uma forma consciente e livre, escolhendo o Presidente e os representantes do Povo na Assembleia da República.
A FRELIMO tem maior responsabilidade na liderança do processo democrático nacional, porque acumulou experiência prática de governação e maturidade política no contacto directo com o Povo, nestes mais de quarenta anos da sua existência. Graças à sua maturidade, a FRELIMO incorpora, no seu seio, várias gerações de pensamento, de filosofia que, de forma criativa e inovadora, a engrandecem e a enriquecem na sua acção programática.
Por isso, votemos no Partido FRELIMO e no seu candidato ARMANDO EMÍLIO GUEBUZA, para assegurar a continuidade da luta do povo moçambicano pelo desenvolvimento, pelo progresso e pela reafirmação da soberania nacional.
Votar na FRELIMO e em GUEBUZA é garantir a estabilidade social, económica, a prosperidade, a Paz e a democracia.

VOTA EM GUEBUZA,
VOTA NO FUTURO DE MOÇAMBIQUE!
VOTA NA FRELIMO, A FORÇA DA MUDANÇA!

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April 10, 2012 at 18:07 Leave a comment

PDD 2004 Manifesto Mozambique

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Partido Para a PAZ, Democracia e Desenvolvimento (PDD) (from the Original document)

Raul Domingos, Presidente do PDD

Manifesto Eleitoral 2004

Raul Domingos, o PDD e voce vao fazer a diferenca neste Mocambique
Juntos por urn Mocambique diferente e melhor para todos
Um novo contrate social entre eu e voce;
Uma administracao publica, educacao, saude e justica ao servico do cidadao e da comunidade;
Uma politica social mais humanista, solidaria e justa;
Uma governacao transparente e um combate feroz a corrupcao;
Uma nova forma de fazer politica e de trabalhar para um Mocambique melhor.
Mensagem do Presidente do PDD

March 30, 2012 at 18:04 Leave a comment

Renamo 2004 Manifesto Mozambique

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Cinco princípios para cinco anos (from the Origianl document)

Sumário das nossas principais políticas

Introdução

O partido Renamo foi fundado para trazer uma nova perspectiva e uma democracia livre numa era pós-colonial em Moçambique. Uma era de princípios democráticos e de boa governação, que prioriza os direitos humanos e liberdade individual fundada numa economia de mercado; onde o estado é o mediador das regras inerentes à lei e onde existe um sector privado fortemente sustentável.
Moçambique é um país rico em pessoas e em recursos naturais – o nosso potencial para prosperar é enorme.
Até agora passam-se 10 anos de experiência multi-partidária em Moçambique e todo o país construiu uma capacidade e um desejo de lutar pela paz, desenvolvimento económico e estabilidade política.
No entanto, esta capacidade não foi efectivamente explorada pelo presente Governo.
A Frelimo falhou em Moçambique.
Falhou no baixo nível de igualdade, falhou na redução da exclusão social e intolerância e falhou, fundamentalmente, no alcance necessário para consolidar a paz e democracia em Moçambique.
Nós acreditamos que já chega. A Frelimo teve a oportunidade de cumprir com as suas promessas, mas agora está claro que chumbou em Moçambique.
É tempo de mudança.
É tempo de Moçambique ter o Governo que merece.
Este manifesto faz referência ao novo tipo de Governo que a Renamo pretende seguir para o povo de Moçambique.
Um Governo baseado em Cinco Princípios para  Cinco anos de Governação:
1. Dignidade
2. Oportunidade
3. Prosperidade
4. Segurança
5. Justiça

March 20, 2012 at 17:59 Leave a comment

BNF BAM BPP 2004 Manifesto Botswana

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MANIFESTO 2004 (from the Original document)

Botswana           Botswana               Botswana
National             Alliance                 Peoples
Front                  Movement             Party

Together We Shall Deliver

ELECTION MESSAGE

Dumelang Bagaetsho!!

The 2004 general elections come against the backdrop of the ever increasing poverty, an ever increasing unemployment, and the growing inequalities between the rich and the poor, corruption and the rising crime race.
The national elections Batswana with another opportunity to elect a government of their choice. Botswana’s democracy gives you an opportunity to cast a vote of your choice as an individual, and the majority wins. Bagaetsho Mathata a Botswana ke marakana-mantsi, a tlhoka Motswana nongwe le mongwe. We believe that Botswana’s problems are many and needs all of us. Motswana a re kgetsi ya tsie e kgonwa ke go tshwaraganelwa. Our experiences of split votes in different constituencies such as Kgatleng, Ngwaketse, and Francistown, has only helped the BDP.  BAM, BNF and BPP are now working together. We believe our pool of votes can change the BDP government. We have not gone into the PACT to experiment.  We have a firm believe that a Pact is the only way forward. ALL PACT members are in agreement that the BDP policies have over the years created a glaring social and economic inequalities.  To demonstrate the BDP misrule, here is a simple illustration. Statistics show that: The richest 20% of the population owns 60% of the national wealth. The middle 40% of the population owns about 30%. The poorest 40% own only 10% of the national wealth.  Whilst the BDP can bask in the mythical glory of Botswana’s strong economy and democracy that they have created, this manifesto gives you, the voter, some hard facts about our country that the BDP has been hiding from you, for example, the state of affairs about national unity, political representation, good governance, labour relations, political party funding, poverty and unemployment, law and order, education and housing, to name just a few. We also give you, the voter, an alternative. Although the BDP will say our alternative is unrealistic because it is expensive, and will chant their usual refrain “Gago gona madi”, we say there is nothing for free. We even have to pay for the air we breath. Botswana democracy and economy are supposed to be in the league of the best in the world, but you and me know that is not true, because we experience it.  This scenario is not acceptable and must be changed.  Use your vote to change government.

1. NATIONAL UNITY

Botswana is a country that is plagued by the ever-deepening class and ethnic tensions. These tensions, inhere from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party policies that have resulted in increasing poverty, unemployment and social inequality. The number of households living under conditions of poverty, for example, is close to 50 percent, unemployment is about 25 percent, and corruption and economic crime is on the increase. In addition, in most urban areas, there is an acute shortage of housing and urban transport is in shambles. These growing inequalities have resulted in an upsurge in crime because of deprivations and envy.  The Botswana Democratic Party continues to denigrate the cultures and Languages of various Botswana communities, thus creating an atmosphere of ethnic chauvinism. In order to prove its credentials as standard-bearer of the so-called Western civilization the BDP has, at national level denigrated the Setswana language and culture and replaced it with English language and culture. At the political level, the current electoral system of First-Past-The-Post has created a feeling of exclusion by those who vote for the opposition. The BDP government has on some occasions cut the subventions to the Local Authorities controlled by the opposition parties as punishment for voting for the “wrong” parties. The sum total of all these factors mentioned here makes it well nigh impossible to create national unity and cohesion. The Pact Government will have as its major goal, service to the nation, social justice and the building of a united nation free from poverty, disease, ignorance, deprivation and political powerlessness. The resources of the nation should be used to eradicate the social evils of poverty, unemployment and social inequality as a precondition for a truly proud, happy and democratic nation. The BDP believes such social evils to be natural phenomena, but we maintain these evils are the results of an iniquitous social system driven by individualism and greed.

January 19, 2012 at 22:20 Leave a comment

BCP Manifesto 2004 Botswana

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Botswana Congress Party Manifesto 2004 (from the Original)

“Botswana Can And Must Be Better”

Table of Contents … Page

1. Foreword … 2
2. Introduction … 3
3. Section A – Priority of Our Priorities … 6
3.1 Education … 7
3.2 Jobs and Economy … 10
3.3 HIV / AIDS … 12
3.4 Eradication of Poverty Trap … 14
4. Section B – Empowering the Disempowered … 16
4.1 Women and Development … 17
4.2 Youth Development … 19
4.3 Labour and Industrial Relations … 21
4.4 Arts and Culture … 23
4.5 Equality of Ethnic Groups … 25
4.6 Religion … 27
5. Section C – Delivering Better Services … 29
5.1 Health … 30
5.2 Social Security and welfare … 32
5.3 Housing … 34
5.4 Sports and Recreation … 36
6. Section D – Transforming the Economy … 38
6.1 Rural Development … 39
6.2 Land … 41
6.3 Agriculture and Food Security … 43
6.4 Water … 45
6.5 Environment … 47
7. Section E – Modernizing Democracy and Promoting Good Governance … 49
7.1 Democracy and Institutions of Good Governance … 50
7.2 Media … 54
7.3 Crime and Policing … 55
7.4 Botswana and the World … 57
8. Conclusion … 59
9. Afterword … 60

1. Foreword

By The President of the BCP – Mr. Otlaadisa Koosaletse

I am very glad to introduce our 2004 manifesto to the nation. This is the second manifesto of the BCP.  As a movement, we have increasingly demonstrated that ours is a Party that is people centred and is driven by the ordinary people. In short, the power of our party is with the people. We are neither a feudal party nor a property for any individual. In addition, we are neither a creation of colonial masters nor any ethnic group.
Our midwives are our people, especially the poor and the disadvantaged who are seeking an alternative dispensation. Second, we have demonstrated that we exist because we believe that we can make a difference. Our commitment to transforming the politics, the economy and the social setting of Botswana is clearly articulated in both our Democratic Development Program and our Manifesto. Third, we don’t intend to position ourselves as a life long opposition party, we see ourselves as a government in waiting. We are convinced that our following is growing, and that the path we have taken is the path for the people. Central to our politics is that we CARE!

Unlike the BDP:
– We care for the poor and the oppressed.
– We care for those that feel that government is remote and hostile.
– We care for those struggling to make ends meet in the face of rising prices.
– We care for those who do not have satisfactory place to live.
– We care for the old and the young who have no organizations to defend them.
– We care for women who have been marginalized.
– We care for the exploited youth.
– We care for our collapsing small business people.
– We care for those discriminated on the basis of ethnic group or religion.
– We care for those who want to raise their families from poverty.
– We care for our teachers, uniformed forces, civil servants and local business people.
– We care because we believe in the supreme value of individual human personality.
The success of any country depends on good policies, commitment and love for people. We posses all those ingredients. We appeal to voters not to waste their vote by piling up majorities behind BDP candidates but use the vote positively and usefully to show how many thousands of people in this country really care. You do this by voting for Mogobagoba.

June 19, 2011 at 11:00 Leave a comment

MCP Manifesto 2004 Malawi

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Malawi Congress Party Manifesto 2004 (from the Original document)

Reconciliation Reconstruction AND DEVELOPMENT

RT. HON. JOHN UNGAPAKE TEMBO

PRESIDENT MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY

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
FOREWORD

FROM THE PRESDENT OF THE MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY

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

January 20, 2011 at 16:08 Leave a comment

UDF Manifesto 2004 Malawi

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THE UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT (from the Original document)

Forging Ahead with Social & Economic Transformation

UDF MANIFESTO 2004

Unity, Peace, Democracy & Development

CONTENTS … Page

Message from His Excellence: Bakili Muluzi … 3

1. Empowering Local Communities … 8
2. Guaranteeing Food Security … 18
3. Delivering Universal Health Care … 28
4. Advancing Quality Education … 36
5. Creating Opportunities for Employment … 46
6. Focusing on Economic Prosperity … 50
7. Resuscitating the Private Sector … 58
8. Investing in Infrastructure … 64
9. Protecting the Environment … 70
10. Advancing Gender Equality and the Vulnerable … 78
11. Developing the Youth … 84
12. Consolidating Freedom and Democracy … 88
13. Establishing a Secure Malawi …92

Personal Message from His Excellency Dr. Bakili Muluzi
National Chairman of the United Democratic Front

My Fellow Malawians,

Ten years ago, when I took over the leadership of our country, democracy had collapsed under the one party system of government. Our people lived under the reign of terror, oppression, and subjugation. The civil society had no guarantees of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and as a result people lived under constant free of arrest, torture, and harassment. Institutions for economic change and transformation had been personalized and the private sector, became so atrophied that it could not effectively contribute to the economic development of our country. Freedom of worship was so controlled to the extent that Christians and Moslems alike, had no right to worship freely as guaranteed under the United Nations Charter. It is against this background that I established the United Democratic Front (UDF) I was determined to change the system of political and economic governance so as to guarantee freedom, unity, peace, political rights and economic development of all Malawians. I am pleased to state that I have now established, throughout the country, basic human rights, the rub of law and political freedoms. People are now free to join any political party of their choice and run any business they want, to write anything they want in the media, and even to criticize the government. People are also free to worship in any manner they choose. The past ten years have been a period of transformation and consolidation of institutions for political governance. I am satisfied that the UDF has evolved a clear strategy for transforming Malawi. We know where the country has come from, where it should be going and how to get there. In this Manifesto we have clearly stated our goals, accomplishments, our challenges, and our unfinished business. The next five years will be a period when we shall build upon the past experience of UDF rule. I am pleased to say that amidst the continuing challenges, the UDF has fulfilled its goals towards eradicating poverty. In order to change the face of rural Malawi, I initiated the Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF) which has improved rural infrastructure, widened access to social services, and brought about a spirit of community and self reliance. With the assistance of the World Bank the UDF invested MK12.2 billion in MASAF I and II. By the end of 2003 a total of 2.5 million people will have benefited directly from the facilities created under MASAF II. As a result of the successes of MASAF I and II, the UDF government has sourced MK6.3 billion for MASAF III to be disbursed in the next three years. During this period we shall transform MASAF into an autonomous institution which will become flagship for community empowerment and development accountability. MASAF III will also provide a facility for economic empowerment through loans and credits for the poor, women, youth, and other vulnerable groups. In the area of poverty reduction, I stronlyy believe in the power of the people to govern themselves. For that reason in 1998, we passed the Local Government Act and followed that up with elections of ward councillors in 2002. The UDF has established a financial, legal, and management framework implementing the devolution process. Successful implementation of decentralization requires strong political will and commitment which only UDF is experienced enough to provide. As I have stated in many fora, agriculture has central importance to the strategy for poverty reduction and food security in Malawi. The UDF government will continue to give top priority to promoting agricultural production by increasing inputs and expanding food diversification while empowering farmers to engage in income raising cash crop production. The UDF has plans to launch large scale irrigation schemes to expand winter cropping using water of Lake Malawi. The next UDF government will enact a Land Law to consolidate the land tenure system so that Malawians are not deprived ownership of their own land. The UDF will vigorously pursue sustainable development by protecting the land from degradation. During the past 5 years, I have successfully mobilized enough maize to feed families affected by drought. My government continues to supply Starter Packs to increase food productivity. It phaces me to note that our determination resulted in substantial I improvements in mane production and anticipated bumper yields. One of the promises I made to the people of Malawi in 1994 is the provision of Universal Health Care and since then my government has constructed Mzuzu General Hospital and district hospital in Thyolo, Chiradzulu and Chitipa. Zomba General Hospital is being upgraded to a modern hospital. My government established the National Aids Commission which has attracted funds from the Global Fund for HIV / AIDS prevention and treatment. Free distribution of Niverapin for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the HIV virus has started. The next UDF government will continue ensuring provision of adequate health services to all Malawians. We will also vigorously respond to the HIV / AIDS pandemic by continuing leadership in sensitizing the public about the disease and expanding access to free anti retrofit drugs to infected Malawians. Another area of great satisfaction to me was the introduction of free primary education in 1994. This will remain a major landmark for the UDF and the nation. The transformation that has taken place in the lives of over 2 million children, who were denied the opportunity to go to school under MCP rule, is monumental. The next five years will be a time for the UDF to consolidate the gains from free primary education by improving quality and expanding access at secondary and tertiary levels, revitalizing the education system and improving efficiency and effectiveness by streamlining educational administration and providing more teaching and learning resources. In the area of monetary and financial management, we have been implementing economic reforms which are enhancing opportunities for mobilization of savings and lending to the private sector. We shall focus on creating a stable framework for economic growth. We will aim at maintaining macroeconomic stability by ensuring fiscal discipline in expenditure management, and maintaining a prudent monetary policy. The UDF will continue with structural reforms to private unprofitable parastatal institutions. I am also pleased with the launch of the “One Village One Product” programme in Malawi. The program will provide new market channels for agricultural produce in rural areas so as to further distribute incomes among the poor. Furthermore, the programme will provide chances for rural communities to add more value to their produce by transforming the raw materials into finished and marketable products. With regard to gender issues, I am glad to say that the UDF prides itself with the reputation of improving the status of women, who were voiceless and marginalized during the MCP era. Under the UDF government, the participation of women in education and decision-making has improved enormously. More than ever the party is committed to advancing equality of opportunity between men and women and other disadvantaged groups including the disabled and youth. In the area of democracy, the prime mandate of the UDF is to safeguard the hard earned freedom and democracy and foster development oriented governance. I believe that peace and stability are the rubric of social and economic transformation. Therefore, UDF reiterates its recommitment to participatoy decision making to achieve shared national goals and aspirations. The UDF government will continue to promote political harmony and expand political violence among Malawians in order to maintain peace and Stability. As I leave the mantle of leadership to my successor, I do so with a sense of achievement, satisfaction, and pride. I have done all the things I had set out to do. I am handing over a strong system of political and economic governance. Multiparty democracy has taken root and has been recognized not only in Malawi but throughout the world. I am also handing over concrete and solid programmes for economic advancement and rural transformation. I am therefore confident that the next UDF government will start on a much stronger framework that will enable us continue to achieve higher level of development. May God bless You All.

Dr. Bakili Muluzi
National Chairman of the UDF

November 16, 2010 at 17:23 Leave a comment

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