With seven days to go before the country goes to the polls, candidates for next Tuesday's presidential elections took advantage of the Kamuzu Day Public holiday to sell their policies to the electorate.
President Peter Mutharika resumed his whistle-stop tours, which had been cancelled on Sunday for what State House described as urgent matters needing his attention.
Mutharika’s first stop was at Kamuzu Road in Salima before he proceeded to Dedza via the lakeshore road.
Amid rumours of ill-health arising from his last minute cancellation, Mutharika dismissed the rumours by telling the people gathered at the meeting that he is enjoying robust health.
“As you can see I am very well. Do you see a corpse here? Am I dead?” he asked, receiving a deafening 'No' from his supporters.
He emphasised that the ones perpetuating the rumors will witness their deaths as they will be buried on May 21.
Among others, he outlined development initiatives the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has implemented and cited the upgrading of the district hospital, a new market and magistrates courts as some of the plans in the offing.
Earlier on, the DPP torchbearer made a prompt stop at Nalikule on the Salima-Lilongwe Road where the community had stopped his convoy to greet him.
Meanwhile, in Blantyre, UTM president Saulos Chilima held a rally at Njamba Freedom Party where he paid tribute to the country’s founding president Kamuzu Banda for his tireless efforts in developing Malawi.
Chilima pledged improved conditions for the citizenry such as reduced interests rates and fertilizer prices and equitable distribution of public resources.
The UTM leader reiterated his call for public servants to work without fear or favour.
He also disclosed the introduction of a duty free week for importers certified by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), to import goods without paying duty.
Chilima also told the gathering that if elected, he will remove connection fees for water and electricity.
He further stated that he will remove value added tax on airtime, water and electricity.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera attended Kamuzu Day memorial prayers in Kasungu where he preached reconciliation and forgiveness for the country to heal.