A Malawi society that spends its energies in relevant innovation is assured of finding solutions to the country’s long and short term problems, says President Peter Mutharika.
He was speaking on Friday at College of Medicine Sports Complex when he patronized -as guest of honor- Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) annual Innovation Awards.
The President noted that innovation overrides adversity for the betterment of any society.
“Our country is facing many challenges. Many of them are not problems to defeat us, but challenges to be resolved. But these challenges are real; the pain is real; the suffering is real. And we need real
solutions,” said Mutharika.
“Determination, handwork, discipline and integrity yields great achievements some of which we are witnessing tonight as we celebrate the greatness that exists among us,” said Mutharika.
Malawi President encouraged the spirit of innovation among Malawians as that can lead to finding solutions to the problems that the country is currently going through instead of specializing in finger pointing.
Mutharika gave an example of the science and technology innovation award winner who invented the Padoko phone charger which derives its energy from a motion bicycle saying this is a feasible solution to the problem of electricity absence in the rural areas.
“I am delighted to see that there are Malawians who are innovatively looking for solutions. We are being challenged to be innovative, not militant. Take time to think. Thinking needs patience – which is not a virtue of many Malawians. We all have the duty to innovate solutions for this country,” said he.
He added, “It only takes each of us to work with a sense of patriotism, integrity and hard work to make this country different. It takes all of us. And it takes innovation. Dream your dreams, yes dream in colour, pursue them, achieve them. Where the spirit of innovation drives us, you never think of I can’t. You always think of I can! And with that spirit, as a country, I know that we turn round this country. I know that we can.”
He noted that the pillars of progress – of which innovation is one- should be rewarded accordingly so as to excite other citizens to embrace patriotism to the fullest.
“By awarding innovative Malawians who have demonstrated these virtues, MBC has also shown that, in their own way, they can achieve greater things with discipline and integrity. And that they can do more, to more Malawians,” he said.
The public broadcaster awarded outstanding individuals in areas such as health, arts, business and education among others.
Some of the awardees in some categories were artists Elson Kambalu, disc jockey Sautso Ndalama who despite his physical challenges manages to spin the music tables using his feet. Coincidentally, Ndalama was awarded the best out of all the awardees.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :