I am for development not politics- APM

Written by  Bless Gondwe, MBC News Stringer-Mzimba

President Arthur Peter Mutharika has touted himself as a developmental conscious leader. This was during a commissioning of Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project at Mnjiri Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) ground.

I am for development not politics I am for development not politics

The President said he is delighted that shortage of clean water will no longer be a hurdle in Mzimba and surrounding areas.

"I am happy today that clean water is now all over the district. The water has even reached Mombera which will hasten construction of Mombera University at the site as well as surrounding areas," said the President.

President Mutharika also added that his government will continue providing water projects in the North saying: “We have already done water project in Chitipa and now Karonga and Nkhata Bay shall be next districts to benefit from such advanced water projects.”

Away from, water projects, Professor Mutharika  also  emphasised that his government will continue providing people of Mzimba with Development projects in all areas.

"There is progress at Mombera University  constructing site which is a big development to uplift tertiary education in the country. We are also constructing Mnjiri, Chakazi as well as Mzimba bridges, M'mbelwa District Council new offices as well as Mzimba Stadium in the district," said the President.

The President Mutharika also promised people that his government will continue constructing Jenda- Edingeni road in the district.

In his remarks, Minister of Agriculture and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha hailed Northern Region Water Board for completing the project way ahead of schedule.

"The project has finished ahead of the schedule. It started in May 2017 and was completed in October 2018 which is 8 months earlier. We have saved over 1.8 million dollars for finishing the project ahead of the schedule. We will use the extra money to initiate similar projects in other parts of country," said Mwanamvekha.

On new projects, the minister also said that the current administration shall negotiate with the Tanzanian government in order to use Songwe basin to provide water for Karonga district.

According to Chief Executive Officer for Northern  Region Water Board Titus Mtegha, the old Mzimba  water supply system was constructed way back in 1958 and could not meet the rising demand of safe and potable water hence the construction of improved water facility.

The new Mzimba water has treatment capacity, transmission lines, upgrading and distribution networks and constructing tanks.

Mzimba water project has cost approximately 23 million dollars, about 15 billion Kwacha of which 14.8 million US dollars was financed by OPEC, 5 million US dollars by Africa Development Bank and 3 million US dollars by Malawi government.

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