Mzuzu City Council, which has come under a barrage of criticism from the City’s residents for its failure and lack of capacity to quench a blazing inferno, which on Sunday night razed Mzuzu Market for the second time—destroying assorted merchandise worthy millions of Kwacha’s—can now afford a sigh of relief, thanks to the resourceful Malawi Ambassador to Japan, Reuben Ngwenya, who has not only sourced a state of the art Fire Engine but also a 10,000 litre Water Bowser Vehicle for the Council, courtesy of Japanese Fire Fighters Association.
Receiving the donation from the Japanese Fire Fighters Association on behalf of Malawi government on Monday in Japan, Ngwenya, who requested these donations following a great need for these services in the cities of Malawi, thanked the Association for timely responding to his request.
“The Fire Engines are on high demand, as there have been several incidents of fire disasters, as was the case with the burning of the Mzuzu flea market early this year,” said the ambassador who later learnt with shock that the said Mzuzu Market has again been razed by fierce fire.
Commenting on the Water Bowser, the ambassador said “the tank vehicle will be very useful because at times, the cities have shortage of water supply due to rapid development.”
Last year, the Ambassador sourced six fire engines which were sent to the cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe.
On this, Ngwenya thanked the Japanese government and Japanese Embassy in Malawi for assisting in transportation costs for some of these donations as was the case with the consignment for Lilongwe City. He also thanked the Chief Executive Officers of the Major Cities in Malawi for liaising with the Malawi Embassy in Japan on their needs and supporting in some logical arrangements.
The Ambassador has of late come in the limelight following different initiatives he is undertaking in complimenting Malawi Government’s effort in the development of the country.
Last year, he sourced 10 dialysis machines which were installed at Kamuzu Central Hospital and recently, he struck a deal with a leading Japanese car exporter, Be Forward, to open an office in Malawi, a development he said will completely reduce forex burdens experienced by Malawians who purchase Vehicles online, as they will be transacting using local currency when the Office is Opened.