Malawi President Joyce Banda, who has been calling on Malawians to embrace economic prudence, has embarked on a 13-trip tour of the North.
According to the programme, Banda is expected to hold several activities from today (Tuesday) to Saturday most of which fall under her recently initiated A Cow A Family Project.
Meanwhile, political analyst Blessings Chinsinga has described the President’s movements as desperation in her bid to win the 2014 elections.
“One thing that has to be clear is that there is tension between the President’s desire to make a difference in the lives of the people and prepare for elections to win as the season is near. When you look at what she is doing, it is hard to reconcile the two,” said Chinsinga
Banda will today preside over the distribution of equipment to youths under the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (Yedef) programme at Karonga Boma before touring Mzang’unya Village, a pilot village under Mudzi Transformation Trust in Chilumba, Karonga, among other trips within the region.
But Malawi Government spokesperson Moses Kunkuyu said such tours are vital since the President mixes with people and can not be stopped.
British High Commissioner Michael Nevin recently said government needs to balance the President’s trips with the budget.