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UDM 2014 Manifesto South Africa

Please find a copy of the UDM 2014 Manifesto as pdf file UDM_2014_Manifesto.


Message from UDM President
Bantu Holomisa

My fellow South Africans

2014 is an auspicious year, as South Africans mark 20 years of freedom.

The Bill of Rights ensures that all the citizens of our beautiful country have the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. Our dignity has been restored and we enjoy freedom and security of our person. We can live where we want to. No one is denied access to establishments based on colour. We all have the right to basic education; to speak our own languages, freedom of religion and celebrate our diverse cultures.

These liberties, as enshrined in the country’s constitution, which were hard won are being destroyed by corruption. To compound matters the socio-economic circumstances of our people make it very difficult to safeguard the gains of our freedom.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) seeks to address these basic deficiencies and also empower our people and transform South Africa into a Winning Nation. If one looks at our economy one cannot deny that, amongst others, job creation and poverty are interlinked.

The UDM believes that job creation is the ultimate weapon to combat poverty, but this goal will not be realised if our economy is not managed properly. Government has a must intervene to protect our economy and South African jobs when necessary.

Meaningful government intervention is needed to ensure economic growth. This necessarily means, for instance, that our roads should be passable; an efficient rail network should be in place; the electrification, water, irrigation and reticulation of communities and business should be high on government’s agenda.

Regarding our macro-economic policy, there is still no consensus on how South Africa can transform its economy in a manner that creates wealth and improves the fortunes of the disadvantaged majority.

South Africa already finds itself on the same path as our sister nations on the African continent that have failed their citizens.

Disrespect of the rule of law, as exhibited by our executive, as well institutionalised corruption, has a direct bearing on South Africa’s downgrading on international ratings, which in turn negatively impact on investor confidence. The symbiotic relationships between political parties and their so-called “investment arms” (such as the ANC and Chancellor House Holdings) erodes private sector confidence.

It is an unfortunate fact that South Africa is steadily sinking deeper in the quagmire of corruption. What makes matters worse is that these acts of corruption keep reaching new heights and they happen with greater frequency.

A case in point is, during the infrastructure development in preparation of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, service providers inflated their prices to make a greater profit at the expense of the taxpayer. Citing another example, we were all shocked to learn that Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), which had a good international reputation, could be embroiled in corruption and maladministration.

In the final analyses; no one can dispute that: Corruption destroys the gains of our freedom!

The obvious question that follows is: Are things so bad that we might as well throw in the towel?

The UDM emphatically says NO!

As much as the situation in which we find ourselves might be discouraging and bleak, the UDM firmly believes that it is not too late for us to turn things around. There is so much untapped potential in our country and her people that we cannot, and should not, let go of the dream of prosperous nation.

In this manifesto the UDM makes a number of constructive suggestions to address some of the burning issues we face as a nation – for greater detail on our policies please visit our website

As you read through this manifesto, remind yourself that you, the voter, have the power to make the dream of a prosperous South Africa a reality.

We need a government that puts South Africa and her people first. We deserve a government that will really take South Africa forward. Vote UDM!

Thank you
Bantu Holomisa
Good Governance


March 30, 2014 at 20:04 Leave a comment

UDF Manifesto 1999 Malawi

To see the full version of the document, please click UDF 1999 Manifesto Malawi to open a pdf-file.

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.

April 30, 2011 at 20:26 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


Unity, Peace, Democracy & Development


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

UDF Manifesto 2009 Malawi

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UDF Manifesto 2009 (from the Original document)

Prosperity with Accountability

UDF Alliance Plan for Government

Manifesto Contents

Message from His Excellence Dr Bakili Muluzi … 5


1. Guaranteeing an Ethical Governance Agenda … 7
2. Fostering Prosperity, Eradicating Poverty … 13
3. Consolidating Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock … 19
4. Advancing Quality Healthcare … 23
5. Delivering Quality Education … 29
6. Creating Opportunities for Employment … 37
7. Investing in Infrastructure … 39
8. Ensuring State Security and Fighting Crime … 47
9. Encouraging Manufacturing, Trade, ICT, Mining and Financial Services … 51
10. Promoting Tourism … 57
11. Advocating Affordable Housing and Effective and Management … 59
12. Prioritising Investment in Water, Sanitation and Irrigation … 63
13. Devolving Power and Providing Efficient Public Services … 67
14. Promoting Gender Equality … 71
15. Empowering our Youth … 75
16. Valuing People with Disabilities, Orphans and the Aged … 77
17. Promoting Heritage, Culture, Sports and a Free Media … 79
18. Cherishing or Environment … 83
19. Maximising the Potential of our Diaspora … 87
20. Establishing a Progressive Pan African and Foreign Policy … 89
Personal Message from The UDF National Chairman

Dear Fellow Malawians

We are pleased to share with you this blueprint for creating a prosperous, democratic, equitable and united Malawi. This is more than a manifesto, it is a statement of our faith in UDF’s ability to reclaim, transform and develop our beloved nation. Indeed, it is the seal of our covenant with the Malawian people. We outline UDF’s programme to create wealth and expand opportunities. We will usher real and fundamental changes that guarantee and defend our hard-earned freedoms and a restoration of the Rule of Law. We desire a Malawi where people have the greatest possible control over their own lives. This can be achieved through a government that truly responds to the wishes of local communities – where decisions are taken close to those they affect by representatives chosen by the people who will have real power to shape the places they live. Our proposals for accountability, dispersal of political power, decentralisation of public services and support for local communities will help to reduce inequality. UDF’s pursuit of equity is a precondition of freedom and social justice. We will preside over an inclusive government that is not fuelled by political envy and the settling of old political scores. UDF is foremost a Party of ideas and ideals. It will be ambitious on achievements of its economic and social goals. These plans form the pillars of our bridge to Malawi’s bright and prosperous future and we reaffirm our faith in your love for this great country. Trust us and we will not let you down.  God bless you; God bless Malawi.

H. E. Dr Bakili Muluzi
National Chairman

November 10, 2010 at 18:06 Leave a comment

Malawi general elections – An overview

The following table includes two parts. The first part shows the outcomes of all parties of the national assembly by votes per party for each election since 1994. The second part shows the participation of the electorate for each national election since 1994. This part distinguishes between the total amount of adult people and all registered voters. Latter distinction is valid for the voter turnout.


Electoral outcome 
Votes by party / election 2009 2004 1999 1994
AFORD 0,52% 3,61% 10,56% 19,05%
DPP 58,85%
Independence 16,67% 24,23% 7,12%
MCP 14,06% 24,85% 33,80% 33,68%
UDF 8,85% 25,34% 47,30% 46,53%
Sum 99,47% 78,03%* 98,78% 99,26%
*21% were distributed to the parties: CONU, MGODE, NDA, PETRA, PPM and RP 
Adult people – 
Registered voters 5.930.949 5.745.455 5.059.736 3.800.000
Votes cast 2.946.103 3.161.587 4.492.157 2.957.153
Voter turnout all adult people
Voter turnout registered voters 49,67% 55,03% 88,78% 77,82%

Source: MEC, EISA.

June 16, 2009 at 17:11 Leave a comment

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