Estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is running mate to Tonse Alliance torch-bearer Lazarus Chakwera, says if voted into power, the alliance will implement policies that will unite and uplift Malawians.
He was speaking yesterday in Nkhotakota when he conducted whistle-stop rallies under the electoral grouping of nine political parties, among them, Malawi Congress Party (MCP), UTM Party, People’s Party (PP), Umodzi Party (UP) and People’s Transformation Party (Petra).
Said Chilima: “Our mission is to uplift the lives of all Malawians. We have a manifesto that offers solutions to the problems that the common person is facing. Our pair will offer servant leadership that will respect the rule of law.”
He said the Tonse Alliance will win the election despite some political leaders scheming to divide Malawians by making false allegations about the alliance.
The energetic Chilima, who lifted a 50 kilogramme bag of fertiliser at all the 11 venues, urged people to vote for Tonse Alliance because, among others, the leadership will fight corruption and reduce fertiliser prices to K4 495 per 50 kilogramme bag.
He, among others, also pledged to rehabilitate the M5 Road which is in bad shape, and that their government will set up a regulatory framework governing the sugar industry to ensure that farmers benefit from their toil.
UTM Party regional governor Samson Mithenga and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Madalitso Kazombo also addressed the rallies and dismissed recent utterances by President Peter Mutharika’s running mate Atupele Muluzi.
During his whistle-stop rallies last week, Muluzi, who is UDF president and Mutharika’s runningmate in the DPP-UDF Alliance, asked people to reject MCP allegedly because the party’s stronghold, the Central Region, hates Muslims.
Muluzi has since received a backlash for his remarks, with quasi-religious grouping Public Affairs Committee and political analysts demanding that he apologise to the nation for using divisive religious remarks to gain political mileage.
Muluzi has not apologised, but UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga told yesterday’s edition of The Nation that he saw nothing wrong with Muluzi’s remarks.