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Peter Mutharika sticks to script

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By Feston Malekezo:

President Peter Mutharika has reiterated that Malawi would develop like countries such as Germany, Singapore and Malaysia, which used youth labour skills for socio-economic development.

Mutharika made the remarks Monday during the opening of Kasama Technical College in Chitipa. Graduates from technical colleges built the college to the tune of K500 million.

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“I want Malawi to have a skilled labour force; no country can develop without skilled labourers. I want Malawi to rise like Germany, Singapore and Malaysia. They developed because they invested in youth skills. Youths need to be empowered so that they, too, should be able to employ others. So, we are using community colleges as a means of creating jobs,” he said.

Mutharika took advantage of the event to drum up support for his presidential bid ahead of the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Minister, Grace Chiumia, said the government had constructed 55 out of the promised 193 community skills training centres.

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Paramount Chief Kyungu said what Malawians needed was development rather than politics.

“There is no need to be politicking when people need development. Almost all the presidential candidates have sold their manifestos and it is up to us, the people, to choose which candidate has the best development blueprint. We do not want emotional speeches that will cause anger; we don’t want war here,” he said.

Kyungu asked the government to support families that did not harvest much due to intermittent rainfall in Karonga and Chitipa.

All presidential candidates are on the campaign trail, selling their manifestos as the campaign period winds up on May 19 2019.

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