Former president and People’s Party (PP) leader Joyce Banda has promised to put three million jobless Malawians on employment if her party is ushered back into government in May this year.
Banda, who governed the country between 2012 and 2014, assured Malawians that it was possible to create three million jobs in three years, translating to one million jobs a year.
Her promise comes at a time Malawians are already debating Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s pledge to create one million jobs within the first year of his administration should his UTM Party win the May 2019 Tripartite Elections.
But Banda challenged her critics during a political rally she held at Lirangwe in Blantyre yesterday that her government would focus on wealth creation through job creation and loans provision.
“I launched the kabaza [bicyle taxi] business right here at Lirangwe and today it employs one million people. So, why should anyone doubt that in three years we can create three million jobs? It is possible,” she said.
In an interview after the rally, Banda explained that her plan was to establish an Entrepreneurs Development Initiative (EDI) to provide “training and credit.”
The PP leader also reiterated that she will create a K10 billion revolving fund to provide youths and women with business loans.
Speaking earlier, PP vice-president and provincial chairperson for the South Ephraim Chibvunde and Isaac Nyakamera, respectively, urged Malawians to vote for Banda and her party, saying she is the only one with a vision to spur the country’s growth.