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MCP hails government on LUANAR de-Linking

Written by  Vincent Khonyongwa

Parliament has de-linked Chitedze research station and the Agricultural Research Extension Trust (ARET) from Lilongwe University  of Agriculture and natural resources(LUANAR).


The delinking means the three de-linked organizations are separate entities who will be doing things independently.


According to the Minister of Agriculture, irrigation and water development Dr Allan Chiyembekeza, the move will enhance efficiency in the operations of the institutions.


“As you are aware that LUANAR is now operating under the PPP (Public Private Partnership) agreement so it was awkward and unfair to still link the two organizations to the school.


“So apart from efficiency the move has also saved jobs of people who were on the verge of being sacked from their positions.” said Chiyembekeza adding that the de-linking will not mean that there is no relationship between the organizations.


Meanwhile, the main opposition Malawi congress Party (MCP) has hailed government for bringing the bill again in parliament saying what has happened in parliament is what agricultural experts recommended.


According to the party`s spokesperson on Agriculture, Felix Jumbe Malawians have been waiting for the move.


“When the organizations were brought together, we considered that as a wrong move, other organizations like the farmers union organization of Malawi also faulted it but that now this happened today, we are expecting a great improvement in its operations.” said Jumbe.


He said by de-linking the institutions it means that they will be operating as independent organizations who shall be able to generate income on their own.


 The bill for the de linking of the two institutions was also supported by the PP spokesperson on agriculture who is also Member of Parliament for Chitipa North Dr. James Munthali. The bill was passed without any amendments.

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