Chiradzulu — President Dr. Joyce Banda says she appreciates the support chiefs in the country have given her government over the past two years she has been in power, saying the support has made her work of developing the country easier.
President Banda made the remarks Saturday at Ndunde Primary School Ground in Chiradzulu where she held a development rally.
"When I became President of this country two years ago, I have received tremendous support from chiefs across the country on the development programmes I introduced aimed at uplifting the living standards of the people," she said.
She said this is why her government has been elevating chiefs to the position of senior chief in recognition of their role in development activities.
She said Malawi needs support of everyone regardless of political affiliations for it to develop, saying Chiradzulu, in particular, has failed to develop because it has been obsessed with politics for so long.
The Malawi leader also said she is hell bent to continue developing this country through innovative programmes such as Mudzi Transformation Trust in which government is building houses for poor people in rural areas and presidential initiative on the elimination of hunger.
She said for the past two years her government has also provided rural people with safe water and electricity under rural electrification project despite the economic challenges his government has been facing.
She further said in 2012 she inherited a country plagued with many challenges such as weak economy, shortage of fuel and forex.
"But I have made sure that fuel and forex are available in the country. My government has ensured the availability of maize in all ADMARC depots during the lean period,' she said while urging Malawians to appreciate the role her government has done so far.
She added that the two years she has been in power, people in rural areas have benefited a lot from Public Works Programme (PWP) where beneficiaries receive k300 per day after working for six hours.
She said PWP has enabled farmers to earn money which they have used to establish Village Savings Loan groups and buy farm inputs.
On Livestock production, the Malawi leader said research has shown that Malawi is the only country in the SADC region that has a low population of cattle.
She said this is why her government has embarked on 'A cow per family' project in which poor farmers receive dairy cows to increase livestock production in the country.
The President, therefore, said her government will continue with pro-poor programmes, saying time has come for Malawians living in rural areas to benefit from their government.