The First Lady Gertrude Mutharika on Monday received a donation of three refuse collection and compression trucks from the government of the Peoples Republic of China.
Madam Mutharika, who is founder and patron of Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust, received the trucks on behalf of BEAM at a function held at Kamuzu Palace, a ceremony the President Peter Mutharika also witnessed.
The new Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Shiting Wanga and the deputy director general for foreign affairs in Anhui Province China Xiang Changming handed over the trucks on behalf of the government of the People Republic of China
In her speech, the First Lady could not hide her joy. Visibly excited, she expressed gratitude to the Chinese government and the Peoples of China, Anhui province in particular for the generous donation.
“I am lost for words because today is the day when our dreams are coming true. I am speechless, because, much as we knew that our partners would come to support us, we never expected this highest level of generosity.
“You have shown that you have the interests of Malawi at heart, and you have confirmed that you equally believe in our dream, the dream of a nation where cleanliness, good sanitation and hygiene are given top priority,” said Madam Mutharika.
The donation of the three modern refuse trucks, follows a visit to Anhui Province by Te First Lady where she held discussions with officials and requested them to assist Beam with garbage trucks to compliment the overwhelmed city and town councils in the country.
“This donation will go a long way in helping to beautify Malawi. Our cities and towns do not have enough vehicles to collect refuse. Sometimes, it takes more days for garbage to be collected due to limited number of refuse trucks. This donation has therefore come at the right time,” she said.
Apart from the donation, Madam Mutharika also commended the Chinese government for the great partnership with BEAM where the Chinese government is also supporting capacity building for BEAM officials and stakeholders who have travelled to China to attend different capacity building courses.
She also hailed China for the many infrastructure development projects such as the Parliament Building, the Bingu National Stadium, the karonga/ Chitipa Road, THE Malawi University of Science and Technology, the five star and international convention centre among others which she said beautified Malawi.
The First Lady also appealed for more support from China including girl child education through construction of Girls Hostels in Community Day Secondary Schools being championed by Beam to keep the girls in school.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :