APM outlines developmental programmes for Lower Shire

Written by  Austin Kakande

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has reiterated his Government’s commitment to transform the Lower Shire districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa.

APM arriving in Chikwawa APM arriving in Chikwawa
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President Mutharika said this on Sunday during a public rally he addressed at Nchalo Trading Centre in Chikwawa District.


Among others, the Malawi leader announced a multi-billion dollar irrigation project under the Green Belt Initiative whose funding has already been approved by the World Bank.


He also said that construction of the country’s longest bridge, Chapananga, is at an advanced stage.


The Malawi leader further announced his Government’s plans to upgrade 30 primary schools in both Nsanje and Chikwawa. This will include the upgrading of Chikwawa Secondary School.


On a national scale, Mutharika said he was aware of the challenges that people were experiencing including a possibility of hunger due to dry spell and fall army worms attack on crops this growing season.


He assured the nation that government was doing everything possible to ensure that no one dies of hunger.


“Currently, we have 234 metric tonnes of maize in stock at the National Food Reserve Agency which the Agricultural Development Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) bought from farmers to ensure that every household is food secure,” Mutharika said.


He then said that Government under his administration plans to continue carrying out developmental programmes in all the sectors including health, education and transport.


“We plan to build more health centres, upgrade primary and secondary schools, construct teachers training colleges, revive the Nsanje In-land Port and also construct roads as well as railway transport. All these projects are aimed at building a better Malawi,” he said.


Mutharika expressed gratitude to the fruition of some development programmes that the 2014 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) manifesto outlined for implementation.


He cited the decent accommodation and housing subsidy programme also known as Cement and Malata programme, which has seen over 1500 houses constructed for poor households across the country.


“Additionally, we have managed to construct 15 community technical colleges in some districts and we plan to have 28 colleges constructed across the country by December this year to ensure that our youths are equipped with entrepreneurial skills,” Mutharika said.


In his remarks, Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Nicholas Dausi said a good leader instills the spirit of hard work, integrity and patriotism in people and commended President Mutharika for doing that.


“The President has demonstrated his commitment to reach out to all Malawians by spreading development programmes evenly irrespective of region or political affiliation,” Dausi said.


Speaking earlier, Paramount Chief Lundu of Chikwawa applauded DPP government for the numerous developmental programmes it has initiated in his area, saying the projects would go a long way in improving the living conditions of people in the district.


He cited the coming of modern district hospital as one example.


“This facility will bring health services closer to the people. Besides,the district will soon have a community college which is quite remarkable,” Lundu said.


During the public rally, the DPP welcomed six people who have defected from the Peoples Party (PP) and notable among them is Owen Chomanika, sponsor of Chikwawa United, and veteran politician Ben Khuleya together with their area and constituency committees.

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