17 July 2013

Malawi: Joyce Banda Pledges to Construct More Decent Houses for Malawi Soldiers

Karonga — President Joyce Banda says her Government will continue building decent houses for soldiers to ease accommodation problems they have been facing for a long time.

President Banda was speaking Tuesday at newly instituted Chilumba Barracks in Karonga District when she handed over 100 modern houses to Malawi Defense Force that were built by Malawi Housing Corporation valued at K10 million.

She said her government in the past year was struggling economically because the previous regime mismanaged funds hence her government inherited empty coffers, a situation that derailed development.

Dr Banda said since the situation was back to normal like availability of foreign currency, government has embarked on construction of houses for soldiers to ease accommodation problems.

"Government will do everything possible to improve accommodation for Malawian soldiers as one way of motivating them," she said.

The President pledged that her government will build modern offices and a recreation centre at Chilumba Barracks where the soldiers can relax after hard work.

She commended the soldiers for their good reputation during peace keeping missions in war torn countries saying no wonder demand for Malawian soldiers is on the rise.

President Banda further applauded the soldiers that besides their routine work of defending the country, they respond quickly to disasters like floods.

Speaking earlier, Deputy Commander of Malawi Defense Force, Ltn. General Clement Kafuwa thanked government for building magnificent houses for the soldiers, describing the houses as unique, first of their kind.

Kafuwa asked government to build similar houses in other military units so that the problem of accommodation is the story of the past.

Previously known as Chilumba Garrison, the 11th battalion was upgraded to a fully-fledged battalion on November 2, 2012.

Dr Banda who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force officially presented Military Colours to the battalion on April 6, 2013.

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