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UDF Manifesto 1999 Malawi

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Eradicating Poverty

Our Goal

Manifesto of the United Democratic Front 1999 (from the Original document)

Contents … Page

Message from H E Dr Bakili Muluzi … 5
1 Guaranteeing Food Security … 8
2 Delivering Universal Health Care … 14
3 Advancing Quality Education … 18
4 Ensuring Economic Prosperity … 24
5 Devolving Power to the Community … 38
6 Creating Opportunities for Employment … 42
7 Investing in Infrastructure … 47
8 Empowering Women … 56
9 Harnessing the Potential of our Youth … 62
10 Increasing Social welfare … 66
11 Protecting our Environment … 70
12 Fighting Crime … 76
13 Providing Efficient Public Service … 86
14 Consolidating our Freedom and Democracy … 86
15 Promoting Diversity and Culture … 90
16 Establishing a Secure Malawi in the World … 94
Why vote UDF? … 100

Personal Message from His Excellency Dr Bakili Muluzi State President of the Republic of Malawi

My Dear Fellow Malawians,

Five years ago you gave a mandate to the United Democratic Front to govern this country and safeguard the hard-won democracy and freedoms that had been denied to you for a very long time. On behalf of the UDF Government I thank you all for the trust and support you have given us these past five years.  The challenges accompanying his mandate were enormous. Malawians had struggled for democracy, but that democracy was a means to an end rather than an end in itself. The UDF set about its noble task on the conviction that democratic governance was a tool with which to achieve the economic, social, and cultural aspiration which, because of the oppressive rule of the MCP regime, had eluded this country for 31 long years. Determined to respond to the high and legitimate expectations of the people, and in line with our 1994 campaign pledges, we decided to make poverty alleviation priority number one in all our development policies. We defined poverty alleviation as the equitable provision of the basic necessities of everyday life, such as water, food, health services, education and infrastructure. We also understood poverty alleviation to include the raising of national productivity through sustainable, broad-based economic development. We sought to transform the nation’s economic structures to ensure that they meaningfully contribute towards the raising of living standards and enhance the participation of the majority in development activities. Time and again I have stated the truism that democracy in itself does not fill the stomach. To overcome the problem of food shortages often brought about in Malawi by insufficient or excessive rains, my Government took various initiatives detailed in this manifesto, including the highly successful Starter Pack Scheme, a long-overdue programme to promote irrigation, and the encouragement of farmers to grow drought resistant crops such as cassava, potatoes, and millet to supplement maize.  My Fellow Malawians, it is not enough that wealth should be created in a country: it should also be shared fairly. It is a form of abominable greed for anyone to make himself a millionaire by obstructing other people from participating in business or farming, as was the case with the MCP regime, with this view in mind my Government has liberalised the growing of tobacco, Malawi’s most profitable cash crop. Recently 20,000 smallholder burly tobacco growers took their produce to the market and returned with pockets bulging with bank notes. This is economic democracy, a sharing in the wealth of the country. The tobacco income that was monopolised by a few in the past is now shared by many. The UDF government recognised the need for both economic growth and bask needs programmes. We defined basic needs programmes as those that aim at reversing worsening social indicators, such as schools and health centres, which also have long term benefit. In 1995, in collaboration with the World-Bank we set up he now famous Malawi Social Action Fund (MASF) as the delivery vehicle for reaching out to the masses and promoting the spirit of self-help. Through MASAF the people were empowered, and they built schools, health centres, roads, bridges and boreholes, and implemented afforestation projects to save the environment. A total of US$56 million was used to finance these projects, which were identified by the people themselves and to which communities also contributed through their own self-help efforts. It had been previously planned that MASAF One would run for five years, but so high was the demand for MASAF support, and so popular the programme, that the resources were utilised within two years of implementation. The World Bank demonstrated its confidence in the new Malawi by providing further funding for MASAF Two, at a total cost of US$68 million, which as well as continuing with the activities of MASAF One, also includes a component for the urban poor. MASAF has been a remarkable achievement, not only for the facilities it has provided, but also for the training in new skills that it has offered to the people. Ordinary people have been trained in project implementation, management, basic book-keeping, and road construction, among many other skills. MASAF has been so successful and such a true example of bottom-to-top democracy, that neighbouring countries have sent delegations to study how it works. Two new ideas born in Malawi, namely MASAF and Starter Pack, are well on their way to being emulated by other countries. This is a source of pride for Malawians. Under economic growth programmes we included those initiatives aimed at stimulating economic growth at both household and national levels, such as increased credit, mobilisation of rural savings and small-scale business. To achieve these objectives we undertook a number of credit operations through institutions such as Small Enterprise Development Organisation of Malawi (SEDOM), National Association of Business Women (NABW), Development of Malawian Traders Trust (DEMATT), Womens World Banking (WWB), Malawi Rural finance Company (MRFC), Investment and Development Bank of Malawi (INDEBANK) and the National Economic Council (NEC) through its Social Dimensions of Adjustment Project initiatives. We set up a Small and Medium Enterprise Fund (SMEF) in 1995 to give credit to the poor so as to economically empower them. We also set up the Malawi Mudzi Financial Services Project to assist farmers and small-scale businessmen and women. We launched the Youth Credit Scheme in order to assist eligible youth to establish small-scale businesses. We initiated and implemented agricultural and economic reform programmes aimed at increasing productivity and promoting wider participation in the economy. We introduced free primary education so that even the most needy child could go to school. We removed constraints to business and created an environment conducive to domestic as well as foreign investment. All our programmes have been received with great enthusiasm by all the people and our efforts have paid off. Our programmes have not saved all our problems caused by three decades of MCP mismanagement, but we have laid the foundation for a vibrant culture of self-reliance. After 31 years of dictatorial rule, the people of Malawi have these past years seen a different kind of government that cares for the people and responds to their needs and aspirations. Furthermore, the people of Malawi entrusted the UDF with the mandate of safeguarding our hard-won freedoms and democratic values. Not only have these values been guarded most jealously, they have been consolidated and been allowed to fully blossom under UDF rule. I am proud to say that during the five years of UDF rule not a single person has been detained, imprisoned, become “meat for crocodiles”, or forced into exile, for merely criticising the Government. Compare this to the MCP regime when the mere suspicion of harbouring a dissident thought, and even drinking tea on Martyrs’ Day, was enough to land one in detention.  No one has been punished or threatened for openly cherishing an ambition for high office. Compare this to the MCP regime when senior cabinet ministers were brutally murdered at Mwanza for merely questioning the policies of the dictatorial regime. Democracy and freedom have been safe and sound under UDF rule, which is only natural because the UDF, being one of the parties that fought for democracy, is better qualified to safeguard it than the MCP which fought tooth and pail against democracy.

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April 30, 2011 at 20:26 Leave a comment

MCP Manifesto 1999 Malawi

The Malawi Congress Party (from the Original document)

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Manifesto 1999

RECONCILIATION RECONSTRACTION AND DEVELOPMENT

Contents … Page

Preamble … 5
Introduction … 7
1.0 Good Governance Accountability and Transparency … 9
1.1 The Executive … 9
1.2 The Judiciary … 9
1.3 LegisIature … 9
1.4 Human and Civil Rights … 10
1.5 Political Stability and National Unity … 10
1.6 Popular Participation … 10
1.7 Civil Society … 11
1.8 Religion … 11

2.0 National Security … 13
2.1 The Army … 13
2.2 The Police … 13
2.3 Prisons … 14

3.0 The Civil Service … 14

4.0 Economic Growth and Development … 15
4.1 Fiscal Policy … 15
4.2 Monetary Policy … 16
4.3 Investment and Savings-Growth … 17
4.4 Budget and Aid Management … 17
4.5 Labour and Employment … 18

5.0 Strategies for Economic Growth … 19
5.1 Agriculture and Irrigation Development … 19
5.1.1 The Estate Sector … 19
5.1.2 Smallholder Sector … 20
5.1.3 Food Security and Nutrition … 21
5.1.4 Livestock … 22
5.1.5 Fishing … 23
5.2 Trade and Industry … 23
5.2.1 Corporations … 23
5.2.2 Small Businesses … 24
5.2.3 Manufacturing … 24
5.2.4 Exports … 25
5.2.5 Privatisation … 25
5.3 Tourism … 26
5.4 Energy and Mining … 26
5.5 Rural Development … 27
5.6 Land Reform … 27
5.7 Transport and Communications … 28
5.7.1 Roads … 28
5.7.2 Rail and Lake Services … 29
5.7.3 Telecommunication … 29
5.7.4 Aviation … 29
5.7.5 Broadcasting and Mass Media … 30
5.8 Information Technology … 30
6.0 Strategies for Social Economic Growth … 31
6.1 Education … 31
6.1.1 Education Planning, Management and Administration … 31
6.1.2 Preschool … 32 6.1.3 Primary Education … 32
6.1.4 Secondary Education … 33
6.1.5 Teacher Training … 34
6.1.6 Technical and Vocational Training … 34
6.1.7 Non-Formal and Adult Education … 34
6.1.8 Universities … 35
6.1.9 Science and Technology … 36
6.1.10 Art, Sports and Culture … 36
6.2 Health and Population … 37
6.2.1 Population and Family Planning … 38
6.2.2 Primary Health Care … 38
6.2.3 Curative and Hospital Care Services … 38
6.2.4 HIV / AIDS … 39
6.3 Water and Sanitation … 40
6.4 Housing and Physical Planning … 40
6.5 Community Services and Social Welfare … 41
6.5.1 Women … 41
6.5.2 The Youth … 42
6.5.3 Families … 42
6.5.4 People with disabilities and the Elderly … 43
6.5.5 Citizenship and Immigration … 43
7.0 Environmental Protection … 43
8.0 Disaster Preparedness … 45
9.0 Foreign Policy … 45
10.0 Summary … 46
11.0 Conclusion … 47

Preamble

This manifesto lays down the political philosophy and the broad policy framework upon which an elected MCP government will pursue its efforts to concretise its 21st Century grand vision of reconciliation, reconstruction and development of the Malawi nation, Over the past five years of the United Democratic Front (UDF) government, it is indisputable, Malawians have been a people with dashed hopes, frustrated aspirations and victims of caprious governance and administration. We are almost to the end of the UDF government’s mandate and whatever yardstick one may use to appraise UDF’s performance in all sectors, the answer is unanimously the same: UDF has failed, miserably for that matter, to tangibly deliver nearly on all its electoral pledges. For example, the nation can no longer produce enough food to feed itself; political intolerance is being perpetrated by the ruling elite; the Poverty Alleviation Programme has turned into an instrument of political patronage; corruption is rampant in high places; regionalism and tribalism have degenerated to crisis proportions; security has completely broken down; all kinds of infrastructure can hardly be repaired; the kwacha has deteriorated; the quality of education has declined drastically; the university has suffered unwarranted closures; drug shortages in hospitals have been recurrent; and the working relationship between Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) and the government has hardly been harmonious. The list of UDF’s failures is endless. The message to every well intentioned Malawian is obvious; we cannot afford to give the UDF leadership yet another chance, for to do so will be to sanctify corruption, nepotism, hunger, inflation, crime, drug shortage and violence. We need to objectively take stock of the political, economic and social developments and judge for ourselves the gains and losses we have accrued and incurred during the last five years of UDF administration. It is indisputable that the country’s constitutional provisions are highly propitious to rapid social, political and economic development; but the policies and strategies pursued by the UDF are ill informed, incoherent, rudimentary, fragmented and divisive. The contemporary economic, social and political problems are therefore the inevitable consequences of a myopic, corruptible and ill equipped government. During this period, the MCP as the dominant official opposition, has carefully studied Malawi’s potential fortunes in political, social and economic spheres. This manifesto therefore embodies insights, strategies and policies that will guide an MCP government in its envisaged task of reconciliation, reconstruction and development. The MCP laments the magnitude of damage the UDP has inflicted on the social, political and economic foundations of the country during its five year term. The primary task of an elected MCP government will therefore be to reconcile all the divergent political, economic and social forces to work for the common good of  Mother Malawi, reconstruct the basic pillars for a vibrant economy and develop the Malawi nation. The MCP is thus adequately braced to usher Malawi into the 21st Century as a politically stable, economically prosperous, socially healthy and a technologically competitive economy. To successfully achieve this grand vision for the country, the MCP remains committed to the propagation of a vibrant democratic Malawi nation. Our democracy is yet to get firmly entrenched. Hence the MCP will nurture the development of a robust democratic culture, foster unfettered enjoyment and exercise of human rights and democratic freedoms. The ultimate goal for the MCP is to fully consolidate and institutionalise the democratic traditions that are a catalyst for progress, peace and stability. In order for Malawians to partake the fruits of political and economic adjustments the country has been undergoing in the recent years, there is need to put in place a sound and prudent administration. The MCP is well equipped with sound insights, strategies and policies to make Malawi a better nation once again. Let us rise and restore the pride of our nation. It is now or never!

April 10, 2011 at 12:32 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

MCP Manifesto 2009 Malawi

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Malawi Congress Party 2009 (from the Original document)

Manifesto

RESTORATION OF A STRONG AND PEOPLE BASED CORRUPTION – FREE GOVERNMENT FOR GREATER PROSPERITY OF ALL MALAWIANS

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:

Malawians
Honest
Hardworking
Dedicated

Together we Can build a better Nation for all Malawians

MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY

2009 MANIFESTO

POVERTY REDUCTION NAD NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CONTENTS

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

FOREWORD

FROM THE PREIDENT OF THE MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY

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

PRESIDENT OF THE MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY

January 10, 2011 at 16:06 Leave a comment

AFORD Manifesto 2009 Malawi

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ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY (AFORD) (from the Original document)

MANIFESTO OF 2009 – 2014

Investing in our People

Message of Hope from the President to All Malawians: Investing in our people

Fellow Malawians,

Together through struggle we attained our freedom. The days of death and darkness are long gone. The light of freedom we have is challenging the departed darkness of a single dictatorship; and the dark days of despair have given way to AFORD as season of hope. Fifteen years ago today, Malawians ushered in a government of the people that removed the terrible system of the single party dictatorship. Our central challenge for the next 5 years is to use the experience we have gained, the policies we have put in place and the institutions of democracy we caused to create, to bring about even greater change than Malawi has achieved in the past 15 years. We must therefore act together in conditions of social discipline further in order to give a rebirth to a Malawi committed to the respect of Human rights, the rule of law, democratic governance and adherence to a market economy where government and the private sector are genuine and pragmatic partners in the process of development. Thus create a Malawi that is committed to acting together to solve the national problems that confront all of us as well as advancing of national unity and reconciliation. Today, Malawians enjoy relatively better conditions of peace and dignity. AFORD will help build a united nation where they will join hands without regard to tribe, gender, faith or colour. Each of our communities will be free at last to express its linguistic and cultural identity without discrimination. AFORD is determined to inspire a new patriotism where we can truly say Malawi belongs to all who live in it. AFORD strives to further promote the right to speak freely, to organise freely, and to criticise without fear of prosecution, torture or retribution. Should these changes we initiated in AFORD go on? Should the efforts that emerged to build a democratic country of our dreams on this continent of Africa continue? This is the key question that each of us will have to answer on the 19th May, 2009. We are certain that you will answer “Yes, we urge you to do so”, and thus joining the national partnership to build a progressive nation through intense mass mobilisation for transformation, reconstruction and development. The democratic values must go on at faster pace! VOTE AFORD so that together we can speed up the journey to a better life – a better Malawi.

WHY VOTE AFORD?
Because:
– AFORD, together with people destroyed the single party dictatorship;
– AFORD led the struggle for very genuine freedom and democracy acting together with its alliance partners such as the faith community and the great majority of Malawians;
– AFORD is the only party that puts people at the centre of economic development in democratic decision making and resource allocation. There is more to be done: It is not enough to have a vote.

It is not enough for equality to be written in constitution and laws. The quest for struggle for change has to continue and must be speeded up to ensure a better life for all. There are huge difficulties that we must address: inequality, growing unemployment, crime and corruption, poverty and HIV / Aids pandemic. Arguably, only AFORD has the vision and determination to attack the root causes of these and other related problems. Over the past fifteen years of existence, AFORD has influenced the foundation for a better and democratic future.

Together with the people of Malawi AFORD has:
– Assisted to put in place a better constitutional order: Rights of all citizens are enshrined in the constitution which must guide us in building a non – racial and democratic society;
– Introduced laws which provided for change: Since 1994 AFORD influenced enactment of many laws intended for the advancement of equality and general improvement of the lives of all Malawians;
– Equal treatment of all: AFORD influenced changes in the structures of the public service and championed the affirmative action in all important social areas;
– Workers rights: Through the constitution and many laws, AFORD assisted in ensuring that the rights for all workers including farm and domestic workers are respected.
This is the great inspiration for nationhood. The principles of AFORD as expressed in our Constitution have elevated the party to a status of a political home for all Malawians with a hope to uniting in the spirit of our renewed Nationhood by our common passion for our country, mobilising the creative spirit inherent in our rich diversity towards our transformation into a prosperous nation. Our vision is inspired by a deep commitment to change the painful living conditions still affecting so many Malawians today. The majority of Malawians are still victims of the devastating effects of poverty and neglect. This deprives them of hope and relegates them to a state of despair. It destroys their capacity to achieve. This poverty is entrenched by the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, a direct result of the imbalance of the past and the current government’s performance. Indeed, as AFORD we will unite Malawians from all communities in a new political home. To this end, we will address poverty and imbalances in our society, inspired by our unifying love of our country and its people. It is our noble calling to set free the creative power inherent in our diversity and will cooperate with all stakeholders to ensure a quality life and individual freedom for every citizen based on good governance and civil order. Our call to service is premised on the core values that inspire us, namely:
– Respect for the life, dignity and human worth of every individual;
– Integrity in private and public life;
– The individual rights and freedoms enshrined in our constitution;
– Tolerance and respect for the rights and freedoms of others;
– Solidarity in the common spiritual ownership of all that is good in our country;
– National self discipline based on an acceptance that each right carries with it a corresponding and equal obligation and responsibility;
– National moral regeneration towards a clear distinction between right and wrong, between good and evil, between what is acceptable conduct and what is not;
– Economic policies based on moral values;
– Freedom of religion and worship.
AFORD believes in a responsible government. By applying a new ethical framework of incorruptibility, accountability, transparency and impartiality to our government, we will provide hope and direction for all Malawians. We must restore faith in the government and we must ignite a spirit of national pride. We are different from other political parties, because we practice and promote Malawian nationhood across all historically divided barriers, creating a new political home for Malawians. We are not another opposition party but we are the alternative government. We are standing on the threshold of a new Malawi and it is invaluable that for each one of us to look back, reflect, take stock of the past and think critically about our future. It is up to each one of us to change and steer our country into a better future.

December 30, 2010 at 15:59 Leave a comment

DPP Manifesto 2009 Malawi

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DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY (from the Original document)

A GOVERNMENT WE CAN TRUST

TABLE OF CONTENTS … Page

Foreword … iv
The DDP Vision … vi
The DDP Mission … vii
The DDP Pledge … viii
Chapter 1 Building One Malawi And One Nation … 1
Chapter 2 Principles and Guidelines … 4
Chapter 3 Zero Tolerance to Corruption … 6
Chapter 4 Creating New Wealth … 7
Chapter 5 Human Rights and the Rule of Law … 114
Chapter 6 Separation of Powers … 13
The Executive … 13
The Legislature … 14
The Judicature … 14
Chapter 7 Policy Reforms … 16
Principles of Good Governance … 16
Macroeconomic Policy Programming … 18
Monetary and Fiscal Policy … 18
Chapter 8 Producing Our Own Goods … 20
Chapter 9 Agriculture and Food Security … 22
Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme … 24
The Green Belt … 25
Chapter 10 Diversifying the Economy … 27
Integrated Cotton Textiles Industry … 28
Adding Value to Tobacco … 29
Increasing Sugar Exports … 29
Reorganizing the Tea Industry … 29
Developing the Paprika Industry … 30
Chapter 11 Managing our Natural Resources … 31
Chapter 12 Developing Infrasfmicture … 33
Chapter 13 Towards Gender Balance … 35
Chapter 14 Integrated Rural Development … 37
Rural Development Growth Centres … 37
Land Reallocation … 38
Empowering Rural Communities … 39
Financing Rural Development … 40
Establishing Factors in Rural Areas … 41
Chapter 15 Public Health and Social Services … 42
Managing Readily Preventable Diseases … 44
Managing the HIV and AIDS Pandemic … 44
Chapter 16 The Youth in National Development … 46
Empowering the Youth … 46
The National Youth Development Service … 47
Chapter 17 Mining and Energy … 50
Chapter 18 The Tourism Industry … 52
Chapter 19 Investment in Human Capital … 55
Basic Education … 55
The Children and the Youth … 56
Secondary, Vocational and Higher Training … 57
Chapter 20 People with Disabilities … 59
Chapter 21 The Elderly People … 61
Chapter 22 Power to the people … 62
Chapter 23 Providing wordable Housing … 64
Chapter 24 Science and Technology … 65
Chapter 25 National Capacity Building … 66
National Capacity for Governance … 66
Motivating The Civil Service … 66
The Police Service and the Defense Force … 68
Chapter 26 The Private Sector Capacity … 70
Chapter 27 The Non-Govermental Organizations … 71
Chapter 28 The Religion and the State … 72
Chapter 29 The Size of the Government … 74
Chaptcr 30 Managing the Public Debt … 76
Chapter 31 Regional Economic Cooperation … 77
Chapter 32 Internal Security … 78
Chapter 33 External Relations … 79
Chapter 34 Guarantees and Safeguards … 80

FOREWORD

This is the Manifesto of a winning party. The establishment of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) marked a new era in the history of politics in Malawi. The DPP was established to rcstorc the confidence of the people in their Government. The people of Malawi want a government they can trust. They want a Government that can deliver. They want a government that will ensure that we, the people of Malawi believe in ourselves and take full control of our destiny. The DPP Government has delivered on its promises. Malawi effectively emerged from food begging to food self-sufficiency; Malawi has better roads, better schools and better hospitals; Malawi has successfully implemented policy reforms in the public and private sectors; Malawi has leadership with a clear vision and people know where we came from, where we are now and where we are going; Malawi, during the past five years has become one of the best managed economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. We in the DPP believe that we have the capacity to solve our own problems. We believe that Malawi will get better. During the past, Government had failed to keep its promiscs and as such people lost confidence in the political system. Similarly, the international community and the development partners had lost confidence in the Malawi Government, the political institutions and in the leadership. The DPP supports my advocacy that for a Govenment to be effective, it must enjoy the confidence and trust of the people. Those who aspire to lead others must have clean hands and be free from corruption. The DPP is established to fight underdevelopment, economic and social injustice, inequality, corruption, theft of public funds and abuse of power. It is established to serve people. We believe that leaders must lead by example and not by words. For as the saying goes: a man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. I strongly believe that people come first. Therefore, all people in Malawi have a right to have good food, good shelter and good clothing. This is contained in the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The preceding Governments in Malawi had failed to provide these basic needs. The DPP has a clear vision on how our people, especially the poor, can benefit from development. Our shared vision of thc DPP is that of a country in which all people are united by a common identity, a common purpose and a common destiny. It is a country where appointment to public positions are made on the basis of capability and genuine commitment to serve the people; a country where people with disabilities and the elderly have equal opportunity and are free to invest in any business or to engage in economic pursuits of their choice; a country in which people’s lives are valued; a country in which human rights and the rule of law are recognized and respected; a country in which there is freedom of worship and of association. The pillars of the DPP are prospcrity, justice and security. These in turn will help to raise the standard of living and the welfare of all people. We in the DPP believe that if a government does not care about people, it has no right to govern. Therefore, our shared vision is that of a country in which endemic poverty or preventable diseases are eliminated; a country in which all people are given the opportunity to learn to read and write; and a country in which people’s stand and on their own feet and are able to feed themselves. This Manifesto represents the shared vision of a party that is both democratic and progressive. It is a party with leaders that work for the good of the people and not to promote their self-interests. It is a party where leaders are freely elected by the people based on competence, capacity and dedication to serve. On behalf of the Democratic Progressive Party, I am happy to invite all Malawi citizens within and outside the country, to join the winning party, the DPP and to participate in the political, economic and social development of our country. I also cordially welcome Malawi citizens of European, American, Asian and Arabic descent who have made their home in Malawi or who are residing here, to join DPP so that we can build our country together for the benefit of our children, our grandchildren and for all generations to come.

DPP WOYEEEE!
DR BINGU WA MUTHARIKA
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY
LILONGWE

December 25, 2010 at 15:57 Leave a comment

AFORD Manifesto 1999 Malawi

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THE ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY (AFORD) (from the Original document)

AFORD MANIFESTO 1999

Building Malawi with a Human Face

The Rt. Hon. Chakufwa Tom Chihana

THE PESIDENT OF AFORD

TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAPTERS … i-ii

PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT … 1

THE MISSION AND VISION OF AFORD … 4

1. CURRENT SITUATION IN MALAWI … 5
1.0 Political Perspective … 3
1.1 Social and Economic Perspective … 4

2. GOOD GOVERNMENT AND THE RULE OF LAW … 7

3. HUMAN RIGHTS … 9
3.1 Freedom and Personal Security … 9
3.2 Freedom of Religion and of Association … 10

4. DEMOCRATISATION OF THE GOVERNMENT … 12
4.1 Multi-party Democratic Principles … 12
4.2 Legislative Authority … 12
4.3 The Senate … 13
4.4 Administration of Justice … 14
4.5 The Executive … 15
4.6 Security Services … 15
4.6.1 The Army / Defence Force … 16
4.6.2 The Police Force … 16
4.6.3 Intelligence Service … 17
4.6.4 The Prisons … 18
4.7 The Public Service … 18
4.8 Parastatal Institutions … 20
4.9 Local Government … 21

5. BUILDING THE MALAWI ECONOMY … 22
5.1 Economic Liberalisation … 23
5.2 Economic Planning and Development … 24
5.3 Employment Creation … 25

6. ECONOMIC (Production) SECTORS … 27
6.1 Agriculture Sector … 27
6.2 Tourism Sector … 29
6.3 Mining Sector … 30
6.4 Fisheries Sector … 31
6.5 Land … 32
6.6 Natural Resourccs and the Environment … 33
6.7 Industry, Commerce and Foreign Trade Sector … 34
6.8 Small-Scale Enterpriscs (SSE) Sector … 36

7. ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES … 37
7.1 Roads and Road Transport Sector … 38
7.2 Railway and Marine Services Sectors … 39
7.3 Energy and Electrification Sector … 40
7.4 Posts and Telecommunications Sector … 41
7.5 Air Transport Sector … 42
7.6 Water and Sanitation Sector … 43

8. MACRO-ECONOMIC POLICIES … 44
8.1 Fiscal Policy … 45
8.1.1 Government Expenditure … 45
8.1.2 Taxation Policy … 47
8.1.3 Public External Debt … 48
8.2 Monetary Policy … 48
8.2.1 Inflation and Money Supply … 49
8.2.2 Reserve Bank of Malawi … 50
8.2.3 Exchange Rate Policy … 51
8.2.4 Foreign Exchange (Forex) … 52
8.2.5 Banking and Finance Sector … 53
8.2.5.1 Formal Financial Sector … 53
8.2.5.2 Informal Financial Sector … 54

9. SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES … 55
9.1 Education and Training Sector … 55
9.2 Art and Culture … 57
9.3 Sport and Recreation … 58
9.4 Youth Development … 58
9.5 Mentally and Physically Disabled Persons … 60
9.6 Women … 60
9.7 Health Services Sector … 61
9.8 Media and Information Sector … 63
9.9 Science and Technology … 64
9.10 Senior Citizens (the Aged) … 65
9.11 Housing Sector … 66
9.12 Population Development and Planning … 67
9.13 Labour and Industrial Relations … 68

10. FOREIGN POLICY … 69

CONCLUSION … 71

THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT

You will recall that the Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) is the political party in Malawi that spearheaded the introduction of multi-party democracy in Malawi after three decades of one-party authoritarian rule. This was achieved in 1993 through a national referendum; and it culminated into the holding of the multi-party general elections in 1994, which the United Democratic Front (UDF) won. The UDF was thus given the mandate by the Malawi nation to govern the country for a period of five years from 1994 to 1999. You will all appreciate to know that, the Malawi nation is going to the polls in 1999 to choose a new government that will govern Malawi for the next five years. The 1999 general elections will be a challenging task for the Malawi electrorates. It is thus important for Malawians and the international community to note that:
a) The UDF leaders took the reign of government without formulating any vision for the country, and without any true commitment to the country’s development. Instead they went into government so that the Malawians could take them to their own promised land of self-enrichment, within the seas of immense poverty and at the expense of the ordinary poor people.
b) The UDF government still uses the top-down approach to the country’s social and cconomic development without involving and empowering the ordinary people in the development process, and the rich become the beneficiaries of development cndeavours.
c) Under the UDF government, Malawi is being governed in an “Animal Farm” style where egregious forms of corruption, nepotism and favouritism exist, mostly among the governing elite and their lackeys. While other countries are genuinely and seriously rooting out these tendencies, the UDF government is sustaining and condoning them, and harbouring and pampering the culprits.
d) Under the UDF govemment, lawlessness in Malawi has increased tremendously. Crime rates are high, and armed robbery is increasing by the day. Because of lack of security in the country, Malawians live like prisoners in their country or homes. Social security among the aged infirm and the disabled has deteriorated tremendously. The UDF government does not seem to care much about the welfare of the people in the country.
e) Under the UDF government, poverty in Malawi has not only increased, but that it has been intentionally aggravated and sustained. The gap between the majority poor and the few rich on income and wealth distribution  has rapidly widered, and economic empowerment of the ordinary people has been neglected. No political democracy can thus survive and flourish where the majority of the people remain in poverty, deprived of their basic needs, and live without tangible prospects for a better life.
f) Under the UDF government, the level of unemployment in the country for all categories of the labour force is surging at a high rate as the UDF government is wasting the country’s resources by indulging and wasting our money in non-productive and unnecessary ventures, such as buying Members of Parliament and political opportunists.
g) Under the UDF government the country’s infrastucture services have been destroyed unbelievably. When other coutries in the SADC region are busy improving their economies by rehabilitating, upgrading and constructing new social and economic infrastructure services, the UDF government is busy destroying them. Malawi’s economy cannot thrive or grow in the absence of adequate, reliable and sustainable social and economic infrastructure services. No foreign investors can be attractcd to invest their capital in Malawi where most of her social and economic infrastructure services are literally non-existent as they have been destroyed beyond recognition within five years since 1994.
h) Under the UDF government, the prices of agriculture inputs (e.g. fertilisers) have been put at unbelievably unaffordable levels, and this has negatively affected food production among the ordinary smallholders in the villages.
i) Under the UDF government, the standard and quality of education and health services have gone down unbelievably, to the point where things in these sectors are in a total mess.
j) Under the UDF government, the money from the donor community mcant for socio-economic development projects in the country, earmarked to address the appalling poverty among the ordinary Malawians, is being channelled in the pockets of UDF leaders and their sycophants.
k) Under the UDF government, cronyism and lack of transparency in most government operations and in the management of public finances feature high, and has been entrenched in the government system. The government treasury functions like a “Mobile clinic”, with public money carried in leaders pockets. If the UDF party continues to govern Malawi after the 1999 general elections, Malawi shall cease to exist as a modem country, instead the country shall revert to the precolonial era, and become a Banana Republic and a laughing stock in the world community of nations. The Bakili Muluzi team’s patronage and blatant self-enrichment has triggered a pervasive cynicism about the UDF government. Malaiwans need to know how that the time has come for real and genuine change in our country. The change that  will really emancipate Malawians from the political, social and economic bondage and servitude, to a truly liberated people in the true sense of the word. This can only be achieved of AFORD, the party which is the genesis of true multi-party democracy in Malawi, is voted into government in the 1999 general elections. AFORD is the only party in Malawi that has the welfare of the people at heart. It is the party that has respects for human rights, the rule of Law, democratic good governance, the invaluable role of civil servants, and multi-party democracy. The party that believes in genuine market led economic development based on people’s economic empowerment. AFORD will thus establish a multi-year economic development process linked to a multi-year budgetary framework, as this is the only way that our economy could be pragmatically managed. The party that detests corruption, power abuse, victimisation, nepotism and favouritism. This Manifesto spells out how AFORD, will address the problems that Malawians and our country face. The policies and strategies that AFORD will follow in addressing the country’s problems, are based on the noble Founding Principles of the Party. Give AFORD a deserving chnnce to govern Malawi in the true spirit of nationhood, and you will see the difference

NTHAWI!! YAKWANA.
NYENGO!! YAKWANA.
AKABALILO! KAFWENE
THE TIME!! HAS COME.

Rt. Hon. Chakufwa Tom Chihana

THE PARTY PRESIDENT

December 5, 2010 at 15:53 Leave a comment

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