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Pres Banda upgrades resort district Mangochi to town

President BandaLILONGWE—Pres Joyce Banda on Thursday declared that Mangochi, a resort district, become a town.

This announcement was made at the opening of a new market, constructed at a cost of K150, 000,000, to replace one destroyed by fire in 2007.

Banda said she would like to see Mangochi develop into city. It was Banda's predecessor, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, who downgraded Mangochi from town to district.

In another development, Banda promoted Mponda from chief to senior chief.

The president, who broke into her mother tongue Yao, the languge spoken in Mangochi, said Chief Mponda should have been elevated long time ago.

Banda however said she wouldn’t hesitate to bring down from their pedestal chiefs who were either corrupt or ill-treated their subjects.

The president promised the people that her government would revamp a development fund aimed at empowering the youth economically.

Banda, who was Malawi's vice president, assumed power in April after the sudden death of Mutharika. She has tried to portray herself as different from her divisive predecessor and reversed some of his controversial policies. She intends to contest the 2014 presidential elections under the governing People’s Party.
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