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Lazarus Chakwera calls for self reliance

READY FOR BUSINESS— Chakwera (centre) cuts the ribbon to mark the opening of Jireh Bible House

President Lazarus Chakwera has challenged the citizenry to be more self-reliant and depart from the “prevailing culture” of always looking for something from the government.

The President said this yesterday when he presided over the opening ceremony of a K3.1 billion-worth three-storey building belonging to the Bible Society of Malawi (BSM) in Lilongwe.

The Malawi leader commended the society for thinking about income-generating activities, “which is a refreshing departure from the prevailing culture of always looking for something to take from the government”.

Chakwera added that the state of Malawi’s economy requires the galvanisation of the brightest citizens to exercise their minds on its recovery, indicating that he would spend some time with economists at a retreat in Mangochi District on Wednesday next week.

He said it could not always be the government that would be attending to problems “be devilling” the country’s economy, but that everyone must do their part.

“I know that in a nation that is accustomed to the wrong notion that government is the answer to every problem, and where even we who are politicians promise to solve every problem, self-reliance is not a popular concept.

“But being self-reliant is our national destiny, a destiny we must pursue with sacrifice, discipline and tenacity,” Chakwera said.

BSM Board Chairperson Gary Jumbe said 80 percent of the funds used for building the house were sourced from a local bank, indicating that the organisation would be required to redeem the building in the next six years.

He, therefore, asked for support from Malawians and institutions of goodwill.

“We do anticipate tough six years ahead of us as we redeem the house,” he said.

BSM has been operating in Malawi since 1964, while construction of the building, which it has called The Jireh Bible House, started in 2018.

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