By Wezzie Gausi:
Former president Joyce Banda has said people in the country have the potential to venture into industrialisation if they work together and learn from one another.
Banda made the remarks when she officiated the recognition and awarding of renowned businessman Napoleon Dzombe, who got an honorary Professorship of Entrepreneurial Development.
She said the only way Malawi can develop is by coming up with different innovations that will bring forex to the country.
“We grew up not discussing issues of politics, but we could discuss development. That is why my generation was characterised by abundance.
“In today’s world, young people can do the same. Look at one person, Dzombe, in terms of what he is doing. He has built factories, a big hotel with a dam. What more can this nation do if people come together and start doing business,” Banda said.
Minister of Labour Vera Kamtukule said her Ministry was ready to work with people that have a vision of developing this nation.
She said there is potential among Malawians that only needs to be realised to start making a difference.
“What Napoleon Dzombe is doing is something that we all can learn from. There is potential in this country with our local resources.
“What we have seen is a lot of employment that Dzombe has created for people in Malawi. So, if we can have more of these projects across Malawi, issues of job creation will no longer be a problem,” Kamtukule said.
In an interview, Dzombe said he was delighted that he could make a change to the country.
He said he will continue to invest his skills in businesses and creation of opportunities for Malawians.
“We all have the potential to make Malawi a better place to live in. Today being awarded a professorship is something that I didn’t imagine, but we thank God for it,” Dzombe said.
Dzombe is a businessman and philanthropist who is committed to social transformation.
He is founder of Blessings Hospital, Mtendere Orphanage, Mtalimanja Sugar Corporation, and Malawi Dairy Industries, among others.