President Peter Mutharika has hit at his critics who claim that some people died of hunger, saying they are hallucinating.
The President maintained that no person has died of hunger under his regime despite reports of people dying of hunger and in some cases medical reports confirming such deaths.
Speaking during a rally in Chitipa on Wednesday, Mutharika blasted people that claim Malawians are dying of hunger saying such deaths are occurring in the heads of his critics.
He attacked members of Parliament (MPs) who said Parliament should observe a minute of silence in memory of hunger victims, claiming he has lived up to his promise of ensuring no one will die of hunger.
Mutharika also branded opposition members that criticised his State of the Nation Address (Sona) as empty heads, saying if they did not appreciate the speech they would have guided him on what to do.
He warned opposition members against the habit of opposing every government move, saying he will ensure such critics remain in opposition.
Continuing with his promises to develop the Northern Region, Mutharika said a number of developments have already started while some have been completed. He cited the newly-opened Reserve Bank in Mzuzu, Nkhata Bay District Hospital and the Bingu Highway, as some of the completed projects.
In his remarks, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwaulambia said he is in full support of naming the Chitipa-Karonga Road after Bingu was Mutharika.
Mwaulambia asked Mutharika to consider constructing the Chitipa-Rumphi Road as it is the shortest route to Mzuzu.
He also called on the President to consider constructing a stadium, water system, a technical college and other roads in the district.
“We have so many young people who are unemployed and lack skills due to lack of technical colleges. We need a technical college where our young people can learn skills and be turned into meaningful citizens,” said Mwaulambia.
Chitipa Central MP Clement Mukumbwa (DPP) asked Mutharika to construct a perimeter fence at Chitipa Secondary School, arguing the absence of one is compromising security and education at the school.
During the rally, Chitipa Wenya Ward councillor Maxwell Kayira was officially welcomed to DPP.
In his speech, Mutharika also said money for the construction of 10 000 houses for police, Malawi Defence Force (MDF), Prison and Immigration Department is available and the project will start in two weeks.
The President, in the past week, has been on a tour of the North where he, among other things, opened the Mzuzu RBM, Nkhata Bay District Hospital and also named Karonga-Chitipa Road as Bingu Highway. n