Malawian President Peter Mutharika, made a final plea to voters on Saturday ahead of elections, promising to develop the country ‘beyond recognition’ if he wins the election.
Mutharika, who came to power in 2014, could face a tough battle to hold onto office in Tuesday’s election, after his presidency was damaged by corruption allegations.
“We have set Malawi on the path of progress. The opposition have nothing to criticize me on,” he told several thousand cheering supporters in Blantyre at his final campaign rally.
“My priorities for this country are development and building skills. When you give me a chance for another five years, I will develop this country beyond recognition”.
“I can assure you that we will get to the level of Singapore and Malaysia.”
Mutharika pledged to construct more schools and factories in Malawi with 40% of his salary. “We will continue to build the economy so that we eradicate poverty,” he said.
The President also promised to provide secure accommodation for albinos who have been killed and mutilated for their body parts.
Mutharika, 78 who was denied rumours of ill health, was greeted by supporters chanting “We all knew our father was alive!’