Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

Malawi: JB Inaugurates K1.1 Billion Water Project in Nsanje

Nsanje — President Dr. Joyce Banda on Friday inaugurated a water project worthy K1.1 billion in Nsanje's Traditional Authority Malemia in a bid to promote availability of portable water to every Malawian.

Speeking during inaugural event, the President said it was her aim to make sure utilities such as water, electricity; good houses for the poor and bridges were advanced.

"Each district has seen what I have done in this short period of two years in line to the availability of water, construction of bridges, rural electrification and many other developments.

"Before, I took over from the previous regime, there were problems that were overlooked but my government has tried all its best to rectify them," she said.

She further said when she was taking power from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), over two million people were starving and that her Presidential Initiative on Poverty and Hunger Reduction has so far has addressed the situation.

"During the time when I was taking over this government, there was no fuel as well as forex and, at the same time, there was a bad relationship between Malawi and its development partners.

"But as I lived to my dream, I tried to bring back all these and now we have enough fuel, forex and Malawi maintained its relations with the development partners," she explained.

She said it was her wish to restore peace the people of Malawi used to enjoy which they lost before her People's Party (PP) took over power, saying people used to live in fear and never were they respected by their political leaders.

"A country where its people enjoy the peace and unity develops steadily and that is what I believe in," President Banda said.

On his part, Board Chair of the Blantyre Water Board, Martin Mononga, said it is the aim of his board to provide the people in the country with portable water.

"We aim at connecting water to all individuals though the board has been facing the challenges like inadequate water resources, insufficient distribution network, lack of financial resources and many others," he said.

The Nsanje Water Expansion Project received funds from the World Bank.

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