His Excellency the State President, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, says Malawi needs to restore the strong foundation upon which national development was built under Kamuzu Banda’s rule.
He was speaking today at Malamia Police Mobile Service Camp in Mangochi when he commissioned 15 new houses for police staff.
Upon assuming office in 2020, President Chakwera pledged to construct 10,000 houses for security agencies such as Malawi Defence Force, Malawi Police Service, Immigration Department and Malawi Prison Service.
The project has been categorized into three with the first phase having 1000 houses, followed by two other phases of 4300 and 4700 housing units. Currently, close to 120 houses are ready for occupation while hundreds more are at an advanced stage.
In his remarks, the President observed that his administration has been forced to relook into programs and infrastructure that was initiated by Kamuzu Banda but later abandoned by subsequent regimes.
“For the past two years, my focus has been to lay a strong foundation for a prosperous future for all Malawians. We needed to lay strong foundations because the foundations Malawi once had have been systematically destroyed for decades.”
He cited many sectors of the economy that have been razed down due to irresponsible conduct by previous office bearers like the economy, industries and public service delivery.
On the new houses, the President called upon the security agencies and communities to take good care of the units so that they serve intended purpose for a long period of time.
After commissioning the houses, the President held a development rally at Malindi in the same district.