Speaking at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre after being officially inaugurated as President, Mutharika said the DPP-led government will in the next five years create an environment that will foster development and create jobs and wealth.
The election, he said, was about whether to choose to build or destroy our country. “We have made a choice to take Malawi forward.”
Saying the people have spoken and let the voice of the people prevail, he added:” Let us all remember that we have more that unites us than anything that divides us.”
“Whether you voted or not . Whether you voted for us or not for us. I am your President. I am the President of all Malawians. And Malawi is our country,” he said before thousands of Malawians and foreign dignitaries.
He emphasized that his administration was there “To serve the country and make a difference in the lives of Malawians by driving the nation from poverty to prosperity.”
He also highlighted that based on the DPP’s manifesto, his government will do the following:
•Create favourable economic conditions that will bring jobs and wealth.
• To deliver more than expected in the next five years.
• Resolve electricity challenges.
• 60 percent of government procurement will go to local investors.
• Boost local businesses.
• Increased productivity to ensure food security.
• Continue to provide safety nets to vulnerable communities.
• Launch mindset education to determine the kind of Malawi we want.
• Empower youths in skills and self-dependence (teach them how to fish instead of giving them fish).
“It is our duty as Government to make a difference in the lives of many people, whether one is a teacher in Nsanje, a minibus driver in Blantyre or a farmer in Mchinji or a fisherman in Mangochi.”
The Malawi Leader reiterated that other political parties that governed the country did their part but his administration seeks to change the face of the country through development.
“We cannot ignore the history of the country. The Malawi Congress Party came to end colonialism, the United Democratic Front brought democracy and the Democratic Progressive Party is here to develop the country. We will build on the foundation we have laid in the past five years and will continue developing this nation through various projects lined up,” said Mutharika.
Senior foreign dignitaries from Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia, graced the occasion. Former and first multi-party president Bakili Muluzi (1994-2004) also attended the ceremony.