The Malawi leader said this during the launch of ‘500 Malawian Villages Satellite TV Project in Dowa on Tuesday. Prof. Mutharika said when people have information, they make informed decisions and participate effectively in development.
“Malawi is migrating into the digital world. And I want everyone to be part of this migration. I want both urban and rural communities to join the digital migration. Our goal is to make all communities access digital information for their learning, exposure and decision making,” said Prof. Mutharika.
President Mutharika added that his government wants rural Malawians to have access to information. For this cause, the Malawi leader said government is extending the optic fibre network across Malawi to provide affordable, reliable and fast internet.
“We need to modernise our rural communities. This project will provide an opportunity to our people in rural areas to watch various satellite TV channels as their urban counterparts,” added Prof. Mutharika.
The project is in about 30 African countries. Malawi is one of them. The project is a demonstration of the people-to-people friendship between China and Malawi. Malawi is implementing the Satellite Village TV Project in 500 villages across the country.
“Slowly, we are taking development to the people. It is for this reason that we have brought rural growth centres to the people of Malomo in Ntchisi. We are bringing more rural growth centres to Nthalire in Chitipa, Chapananga in Chikwawa, and Mkanda in Mchinji.
“I want us to take development to every village, and every community. That is why we are constructing roads in rural areas. We are bringing electricity to rural trading centres. We are bringing water supply systems to villages,” said President Mutharika.
President Mutharika further said his administration is bringing community colleges to rural areas so that every citizen, every community is part of development.
“I would like to thank the People’s Republic of China for their support on this project. I also want to acknowledge Star Times for implementing this project,” concluded the President.