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Richard Chimwendo Banda

Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda has said the government is making progress in the K20 billion project that will see houses being constructed for public security agencies’ personnel.

President Lazarus Chakwera has made the project one of the hallmarks of his administration.

Speaking when he toured Area 30 Police Headquarters, where 350 houses would be constructed for police personnel, Chimwendo Banda said he was impressed with progress made.

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“Remember that, under the K20 billion project, the government will construct 10,000 houses for Malawi Defense Force, Malawi Police Service, Immigration and Malawi Prison Service in five years.

“I am impressed with progress made so far. It is not good that 70 percent of police officers stay outside their duty stations due to lack of houses. These houses are the first of their kind in the history of Malawi Police. The senior officers’ houses have bedrooms and are self-contained while junior officers’ houses have three bedrooms and are self-contained,” Chimwendo Banda said.

Malawi Police Service Deputy Inspector General Merlyn Yolamu said proper housing would go a long way in uplifting law enforcers’ spirits.

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