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President Mutharika set to unveil DPP manifesto in grand style

Written by  Our Reporter
President Arthur Peter Mutharika, seeking re-election to finish his second term as Head of State in the May 21 vote, is set to officially unveil a manifesto of his governing Democratic Progress Party (DPP) in grand style on Sunday in Lilongwe, to underline his continued drive to modernize and industrialize the agriculture-powered economy through infrastructure development.
Pres. Mutharika and his running mate Hon. Chimulirenji Pres. Mutharika and his running mate Hon. Chimulirenji
Thousands of sky-blue clad supporters are expected to troop to Kamuzu Institute of Youth to witness the ceremony, where Mutharika will also launch the DPP's campaign.
Mutharika, who has chalked legacy projects such as new itemized roads, schools and technical colleges among projects that seek to create wealth and jobs in his first term, has his eyes set on industrializing the country to “improve the quality of life for the citizenry and to create jobs for the youth and women.”
“I want industries for our farmers to get more money for their crops. Nobody should be left behind. I promise and I will continue to deliver in the next five years,” said Mutharika this week when he opened the 95 kilometre Lilongwe-Kasiya- Santhe road in the Central region.
Considered a key developmental project which connects three agricultural districts Lilongwe, Mchinji and Kasungu, the road cost nearly K40 billion sourced from state coffers.
The President, tipped to win the May 21 polls against six presidential candidates, said: “Nobody will stop us from improving this economy. Together you and I shall take this country forward. Together you and I are unstoppable, unbreakable and we will make a better Malawi.”
Mutharika says a good network of roads is a panacea for economic development. 
DPP Vice President for the South, Kondwani Nankhumwa, told MBC Online that the manifesto launch “will be a continuous tasking between DPP and Malawians to reflect on where we are on this journey.”
He said Malawians should expect “a more energized DPP with a more practical manifesto, which is based on experience and reflects what we have done and how we plan to continue improving lives of Malawians.”
Nankhumwa, who is Minister of Local Government, said   in 2014, the DPP made a solemn pledge to improve the social economic status of Malawians through a comprehensive  and 360 degrees  improvement in all sectors of the economy; a restructuring of governance systems and  improvement in the rule of law.
“This was a social contract between us and Malawians in which the objectives are clear. Malawians have seen and can testify on how DPP has been steadfast on its promises. Malawians have seen the progress that our government has made in ensuring development across all sectors of the economy such as education, health, infrastructure development, energy development, women empowerment, and how we plan to continue improving lives of Malawians."
Nankhumwa, also seeking re-election as MP for Mulanje Central, said there “is a lot of evidence that we have delivered on our promises as DPP.”
“This can be seen in how the economy is performing; how farmers are able to access farm inputs through our subsidy programme; how we have allowed greater access to primary education through our friendly policies and revamped the governing framework of the University system in this country.”
He added: “Malawians are able to see how we have been able to turn around the fortunes of this country from the downward spiral of 2014 to a steadily ticking economy in just four years and at zero direct government support.
Saying there are always challenges that need to be surmounted by government, he said Malawians “were able to see how we have performed.”
“Malawians have confidence in the DPP government and they know it is only the DPP government, which is capable of sustaining this path of socio-economic development.” 
Other contenders in sixth poll since the introduction of multi-party politics in 1994  include Lazarus Chakwera (MCP), Saulos Chilima of (UTM), Atupele Muluzi (UDF) former vice president Cassim Chilumpha (Tikonze Party) and Professor John Chisi (Umodzi Party).

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