United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential hopeful Atupele Muluzi and running mate Frank Mwenifumbo have promised to revamp Karonga’s business culture if elected next Tuesday.
They said this during a rally at Baka Community Day Secondary School in the shoreline border district on Saturday.
Muluzi stated that the district bordering Tanzania is best-placed to be the hub of business that can spur Malawi’s economic growth and regional integration in line with the 16-nation Southern African Development Community (Sadc) treaty.
He pledged to end regionalism and form an inclusive administration that will “share the national cake equally and equitably”.
Muluzi said he demonstrated his new agenda for change by picking Karonga Central ex-legislator Mwenifumbo, whom he described as “the most hardworking and experienced politician”.
He stated: “If you elect us on May 21, we will continue where UDF stopped in 2004. For starters, it is UDF that brought cellphones, free primary school education, TV station and more radio stations. The UDF-led government will bring more innovations that will also bring job opportunities to the youth.
“If the Northern Region registered meaningful developments, it was during the UDF era. Talk of Mzuzu Courthouse, Mzuzu University and Mzuzu Central Hospital.”
Mwenifumbo said only Muluzi can restore economic activities in Karonga.
He promised that the UDF administration will exempt salaried workers earning less than K150 000 a month from tax, up from K35 000.
He also promised to raise the minimum wage from K25 000 to K70 000.