Addressing people at Mpemba CDSS Ground in the area of Senior Chief Nsomba - Blantyre Rural South West, DPP Vice President for the South, Kondwani Nankhumwa said government aims at taking development to the people in rural areas.
Nankhumwa, who is also the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development observed people in rural areas also deserve a high quality of life, hence government's commitment to building and upgrading rural roads, developing rural growth centres, constructing stadiums, providing rural electricity and taking the internet fibre optic backbone to the people.
"Our youths are being trained in skills for businesses. We have seen young people graduating from the community colleges we are establishing. They have gone out to become entrepreneurs and create jobs.
He also disclosed that the current administration has scaled up social cash transfer from 18 to all 28 districts and will be giving money to more than 300,000 households.
Through Public Works Programme, government is supporting over 900, 000 households each year. People are using this money to buy food, farm inputs and school materials for their children.
He also assured food insecure households across the country of relief maize.
Zeroing on energy, Nankhumwa said there are comprehensive plans to end power shortages in the country.
"We must admit that we have had challenges on power generation, but this will be a thing of the past because government, under the leadership of President Arthur Peter Mutharika, is pursuing a number of short and long term projects that will enable to have enough power.
"We are also working on inter-connections with our neighbouring countries to tap power already generated out there. We are negotiating with some companies in China to come to Malawi. and invest in energy sector, " explained Nankhumwa.
According to published reports, the country needs not less than 2,000 megawatts in order to serve households, serve the manufacturing industry and for Malawi to start serious mining.
With this in mind, Professor Mutharika's government is committed to doubling the current power supply of 360MW to 720MW by 2020.
Among others, government is diversifying power generation into coal energy, wind power, solar power, gas power and expand the current hydro system by building dams.
Government plans to construct dams on Shire River and at Mpatamanga Gorge and the World Bank committed to co-finance the project. This project will add 300 megawatts to the national grid and it will add capacity to Kapichira with at least another 100 megawatts.