For years Malawi’s security personnel have faced inadequate housing a struggle that reflects their perseverance in the face of cramped living conditions often accommodating large families.
In a bid to address this longstanding issue, the Malawi Government has undertaken a significant construction effort aiming to provide suitable residences for civil servants in uniform.
The project, initiated in December 2021 spans the country with a budget of $345,000. The primary goal is to allocate 4000 houses for the Malawi Police Service, 4000 for the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and 1000 each for the Immigration Department and Malawi Prison Services.
As the construction progresses, officers from the Malawi Police Service, express hope for a positive change in their working conditions, anticipating an improvement in their overall well-being. Notably, at Limbe Police, on-campus officers believe their welfare will take a positive turn. Second in Charge of Lines and Discipline, Sergeant Mthunzi shares his perspective on the challenges faced.
A Police Officer’s House at Limbe Police Lines.
“Conditions of the houses have been a test of our resilience. We hope for a brighter future with improved housing,” said Mthunzi.
Similarly in Machinjiri, at South Lunzu Police Campus, officers look forward to residing in the newly constructed houses. Officer in Charge, Patricia Njawiri, Senior Superintendent, envisions a welcome relief for their 24-hour working schedules through enhanced living conditions.
“These new houses bring a sense of optimism. It’s not just about shelter; it’s about a better quality of life for our officers.”
Meanwhile, at Ndirande Police Station, officers have already moved into the new houses, providing relief from financial challenges. Assistant Superintendent, Hastings Williams Trapence, emphasizes how improved housing has made a tangible difference in their lives.
Newly Constructed House at Ndirande Police Lines.
“Living in these new houses has eased our financial burden, allowing us to focus more on our duties. You know, we used to live in rented houses and it was difficult,” Trapence remarked.
With a plan to construct a total of 10,000 houses in phases, the government’s commitment to improving security personnel housing is evident.
As the construction journey unfolds, it not only addresses the immediate housing needs but also instils hope for a brighter future for those who tirelessly serve the nation.
Reported by Romeo Umali.