SOME chiefs and Muslim leaders from Mangochi on Friday praised Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Lazarus Chakwera for promoting the spirit of inclusiveness in allowing people from different backgrounds to join the party.
Among others, the traditional and religious leaders expressed the need for MCP to continue allowing intra party democracy to flourish in the party so as to attract more people that can help in winning the next presidential elections.
The sentiments were made when newly captured member of the party, Sidik Mia attended a graduation ceremony for primary and Madrasah pupils at Hannif Islamic Centre in Mangochi.
Speaking at the ceremony, Village Headman Mtimbuka said time has come for Malawians to rally behind leaders that have demonstrated a passion to improve the welfare of ordinary Malawians and not leaders that only dupe Malawians in order to win an election.
“As chiefs, we are always close to the people and we know how people are suffering despite claims that things are improving in the country. We will continue supporting you [Mia] and the MCP because you hold the key to the country’s real economic independence,” said Mtimbuka.
The chief’s sentiments were also repeated by Group Village Headman Matuwi who bemoaned that Malawians are suffering today because the leadership is not willing to solve the economic problems.
In his remarks, Sheikh Fahad Muhammad from Balaka explained that MCP is the only party that has a well-established structure that is why it is still strong 23 years after it went out of power in the 1994 elections.
“You will agree that people are busy demonising MCP because they know that their days are numbered. MCP does not belong to a family or an individual, the party belongs to Malawians that is why after Kamuzu Banda, Gwanda Chakuwamba took over the leadership followed by John Tembo and now Chakwera. All these leaders have no relations in the party.
“The other parties belong to families. But we are the family for MCP leaders, that is why we thank Chakwera for bringing in Mia and other people who are clean and have no record of stealing government money,” said Muhammad.
Mia thanked the people for their willingness to support MCP with the aim of changing things in this country.
“We are all suffering and there is nobody who can claim that he or she is doing fine. People are suffering. We cannot claim to be independent while we continue begging for food from outside the country. This needs to change if we are to become independent,” Mia said.
He added that as a politician, he will try to advance policies that would help young people access quality education in order for them to become responsible and potential citizens of the country.
Despite not being a political meeting, the graduation ceremony attracted a good patronage of adults who pledged to support the MCP, citing various social and economic injustices as things which have affected Malawi under the current leadership.
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