By Our Reporter
The Vice President for ruling Democratic Progressive Party in the Eastern Region, Bright Msaka, recently kicked off a whistlestop tour in the area, urging the people to rally behind President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and his runningmate Atupele Austin Muluzi in the fresh presidential elections slated for June 23rd this year.
Msaka, who is also Member of Parliament for Machinga Likwenu Constituency and is Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, told the people that gathered at Mpotola that the region has fully thrown its weight behind the electoral alliance of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF).
Addressing a crowd of supporters at Four Ways at Liwonde Township in Machinga, the Minister said the alliance of the two great parties of DPP and UDF is a game changer on Malawi’s political front. Msaka urged the people to make use of the opportunity availed by the fresh elections to retain the presidency of Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and his runningmate Atupele Muluzi.
The whistle-stops, that were graced by most of the key party officials from DPP and UDF, reached a climax in Mpango village when the minister commissioned Likwenu Bridge that he has constructed in the area.
Msaka said the construction of the bridge was in fulfilment of a promise that he made when he took office as Member of Parliament for Machinga Likwenu Constituency a year ago.
He said the bridge is a challenge that most of the former legislators for the constituency were presented with but failed to measure up.
As a legislator, Msaka said his first year in office has seen Likwenu, and Machinga as a whole, benefitting from construction of better roads, a secondary school, clinics, a technical college and a state of the art Bridge at Liwonde.
Going forward, the minister said the region stand to benefit from many other development projects that the government has lined up for implementation.
Msaka said the selection of Atupele Muluzi of the UDF as a runningmate in the fresh presidential election is a strategy that adds value to the APM brand and his political administration.
“This district, like other districts across Malawi, have embraced the partnership between DPP and UDF. It is a partnership that makes this region impregnable,” said the minister.
In his remarks, Traditional Authority Nkula commended the minister for coming to the rescue of communities that for many years have remained separated by a river that was impassable during the wet season.