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Chakwera wants public officers to be vigilant

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By Yohane Symon

President Lazarus Chakwera says he does not want to be surrounded by people who feel entitled to work for the government, but are not willing to serve Malawians.

Chakwera warned that he will not hesitate to fire any of his Cabinet members or civil servant who is not working towards his government’s agenda of laying a strong foundation which will help to develop the country to benefit future generations.

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He was speaking in Mangochi when he handed over 15 houses that have been built for officers at Malamya Police Camp as part of the 10,000 houses which government committed to build for officers in the security agencies in the country.

Construction of about 115 out of 231 houses earmarked for phase one of the project has been completed so far. Additional 1,000 houses are expected to be completed by December this year.

“The first [Malawi Congress Party] government laid strong foundations to help develop Malawi so that generations can benefit from the resources which the country has. But for 26 years, some people have been destroying the foundations for their own benefits,” the President said.

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He further charged that previous governments were just employing people to fill existing vacancies without looking at their capabilities to deliver in their positions.

Chakwera then said his government is laying again a public service foundation which is based on performance and results so that Malawians can start to notice the changes.

He challenged people who are holding government positions to be proud of their positions and help him to serve Malawians that are currently struggling due to alleged failure by the former administrations to use the country’s resources prudently.

Minister of Lands Sam Kawale said progress on some houses has been affected by people who encroached on the land which was designated for the initiative.

Kawale indicated that in some areas, construction could not start because people had planted crops where the houses were supposed to be constructed.

“But we are very much certain that we will be able to construct all the houses by 2025 because we have also identified some contractors that have shown capacity to do the job,” he said.

According to Kawale, the Malawi Defence Force and Malawi Police Service will have 4,000 houses each while the Malawi Prison Service and the Immigration Department will have 1,000 houses each.

Later in the afternoon, Chakwera address a development rally at St Martin’s ground at Malindi where, among others, he promised to construct the Mangochi-Makanjira, the Mangochi-Katuli and the Chantulo- Balaka roads.

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