Presidenthas assured people in the country that he will continue to be tough and serve them to the best of his ability.
President Banda said there is no need for people to worry about his critics because he is braced for more hard work next year.
The President was speaking on arrival at Mfuwe International Airport this afternoon.
Mr. Banda is in the area for his Christmas Holiday.
The President stated that during his holiday, he would commission some developmental projects in Chipata before the end of the year.
President Banda also stated that he would take some time to visit some villages in Mambwe to understand and appreciate the living conditions of the people in the district.
Mr. Banda, who was accompanied by First Lady, Thandiwe, was received by Eastern Province Minister, Isaac Banda, Provincial Permanent Secretary, Eularia Syamujaye, Provincial MMD chairperson, Kennedy Zulu, and other top government MMD officials.
Others on the entourage include Tourism Minister, Catherine Namugala, Mines Minister and Mambwe Member of Parliament Maxwell Mwale, Local Government Minister, Eustacio Kazonga and other .
Speaking earlier, Eastern Province Minister, Isaac Banda, informed the president, that the province has continued to benefit from his leadership through infrastructural development.
He cited education, health, roads and agriculture as some of the sectors which have seen tremendous development in the region.
Mr. Banda stated that it is for this reason that people in the region have continued to rally behind President Banda.
And MMD Provincial Chairperson, Kennedy Zulu, said President Banda has put his critics to shame by pulling the country through the global economic crisis.
Mr. Zulu assured the President of a hundred percent vote at the impending party convention.
He said the party in the province will continue to rally behind his leadership because he has proved that he is a hard worker by initiating developmental projects throughout the country.