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Saulos Chilima demands citizens’ involvement in development

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Vice President Saulos Chilima has challenged Malawians to play an active role in helping the country meet its job creation goals and achieve long-term development agenda.

Chilima said no citizen should be a spectator when it comes to contributing to development efforts.

He said this in Lilongwe Monday, when he toured projects which Lilongwe City Council and Lilongwe District Council (LDC) are implementing as part of the Central Government’s reforms agenda.

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The Vice President toured Kauma Road, which is being constructed, as well as Acades Cooperative and Mpingu Youth Association premises.

“It is not like football, where spectators sit in the stands and clap hands, but it should be like on the football pitch where we are all players. Some are goalkeepers, others are defenders while others are strikers,” Chilima said.

He encouraged people engaged in small-scale trade to embrace value addition for them to generate profits.

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Speaking about his impression of projects he toured, Chilima said he was impressed.

“In brief, we came to confirm what we saw on paper. This is what councils committed to be doing under their reforms; as such, we came to confirm if things are happening on the ground,” Chilima said.

Acades Cooperative Chairperson Madalitso Chipekwe said, after embracing value addition, they were reaping the benefits.

The cooperative is involved in seed multiplication and value addition of farm produce such as beans, among other things.

“We aggregate a lot of commodities so that we can export and process them,” she said.

The Vice President started visiting councils in the country Monday, focusing on legal, administrative, financial sustainability and operational issues.

At Kauma, LDC is constructing a 20-kilometre road using funds from the World Bank.

Later in the day, Chilima engaged council officials from Lilongwe District and city.

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