Leader of opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, Lazarus Chakwera, graced the launch of K2 million football and netball trophies sponsored by People’s Party (PP) Member of Parliament, Wakuda Kamanga, in Kasungu North East Constituency.
The ceremony took place at Ng’ombe F.P. School ground, Traditional Authority Kapelula in the district.
Kamanga said he was honoured with the presence of Chakwera the Leader of Opposition and called on all leaders across the country to set aside their political differences and join hands in developing their areas.
The parliamentarian said he named the trophy Tambala to encourage people to value time in their daily activities as they strive towards making Malawi a better nation.
“It’s high time we started doing things that will make the nation rise again to its glory. Even the Malawi currency is called kwacha, a call that we wake up and start working for the common good,” said Kamanga.
Addressing the crowd that gathered to witness the event, Chakwera lamented over the dwindling social and economic standards in the country and said it was big contrast of how life was during MCP’s rule.
He thanked the parliamentarian for introducing the competition, saying it offers the nation a chance to have a pool of talented sports personalities from where authorities can tap for the good of the national teams.
“I wish to congratulate Honourable Kamanga on the launch of the competition because it is for the good of the whole nation. It is up to the authorities to utilise such individual initiatives,” Chakwera said.
The MCP leader argued that sports cannot develop in the country if sports governing bodies do not have government support.
He called on all sports bodies to find ways of identifying raw talent in rural areas to develop their sports disciplines.
“There is no talent identification system from grass-roots level as it was in the past due to lack of government commitment and how do we expect sports to develop in the country?” Chakwera queried.
Former parliamentarian for Kasungu Central and Finance minister Ken Kandodo Banda was also in attendance.
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