Ben Phiri scouts fire engines, philanthropists in UK tour

Local Government and Rural Development Minister Ben Phiri took his charm to Leicester City in England and managed to get a commitment from a major Malawian-born philanthropist Farouk AlMahomed and Leicester City to provide Malawi with fire engines, ambulances and engage in rural empowerment programmes.

Minister Ben Phiri during a meeting with  Farouk Alimahomed in Leicester, UK
 Minister Phiri with Salim Alimahomed and Salim Logart of Islamic Relief UK
Minister Phiri with City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, Deputy Lord Mayor Deepak Bajaj and PS Charles Kalemba

Minister Phir, who is in the UK with President Peter Mutharika, has engaged various city councils and firms to source fire engines and support to local councils in Malawi.

And in Leicester Deputy Lord Mayor Deepak Bajaj, who was joined by Malawian born Councillor Hanif Aqbany, both pledged that they would work to have the City twin with a Malawian city and source fire engines as a matter of urgency.

“Leicester is full of Malawians who cherish their heritage. We are glad Honourable Minister that you took time to come and see us and start this conversation. We are ready to support you and we will do our utmost best to roll this special relationship,” said Bajaj.

Phiri said he was committed to developing strong links with a city full of Malawians and hoped that the partnership could benefit the people of Leicester and the yet to be confirmed city in Malawi.

“We would love you to come to Malawi and launch this new partnership. Councillor Aqbany grew up in Nkhotakota, we will make sure this relationship benefits his childhood area. The fire engines we need them in every district, the people to people engagements can also extend to such areas,” said the Minister.

The Minister, who travelled by train with his Principal Secretary Charles Kalemba for the two hour long journey, first stop saw him engage the Chairman of Lesta Packadging Plc and Fara Properties Alimahomed and owner of Chaiiwala chain Salim Ali Mahomed where they expressed their desire to support Government rural empowerment programmes.

“His Excellency the President sent me here to assure you that we will work with you in your charity programmes in Malawi. But we want you to focus on empowerment of the communities, from skills, low scale irrigation to livestock management, all that would make a difference especially to child and women headed homes,” the Minister told the philanthropist.

AlMahomed whose family runs free schools, clinics and supports families in Mangochi, Zomba and Chintheche, Nkhatabay, said he was excited to see Government appreciating their work and pledged that they would work together with the Districts and City Councils to help Malawians.

“I am glad Government is here recognising our work. We are ready to support our homeland. Tell us what we need, we will do it. We will look for fire engines and supply. We have mobile clinics somewhere; we will send some to Malawi. Everything you have requested, God has blessed us, we will be happy to share it with Malawians,” said Salim, who says the family’s charity group will be in Malawi later in the year.

The Minister said Government would like to attract Malawians in diaspora to invest and help the country, asking the Alimahomed family to mobilise businesses to invest in agro processing for exports and stock Malawian tea and coffee in their shops.

The families charity so far supports over 5000 children, 100 hectres in subsidy land and produce, 300 000 tree planting programme and frequently donates to the needy across Malawi.

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wozaa
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wozaa

Kumeneko usabwere ndikutinamiza kuno ku Malawi kuti wabwera ndi PhD yaku UK umangidwa azungu samachedwa. Uzingowauza za Jerusalem zomwezo mwakachetechete. Umpase moni Andu kumeneko

kondani
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kondani

Kodi ndichifukwa chiyani Ma Minister amasiku ano samabeba ngati akale? Zoona kupita ku UK basi kumangojambulisa mu corridor anganya inu. Mu ngofuna tiziona kuti muli ku UK basi zamatama. Palibe mwachitako ku UK apart from shopping ma suit ndi ma boxer. Unduna unathadi pa Malawi basi aaaaaaa. Mavuto pa Malawi alichikhalire ambuye abwere azatipulumuse tonse ndithu. Apumbwa akuba ndalama zathu mosaopa. muzafa imfa yowawa

John
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John

Begging from the mwenyes then u swear at them
Pathetic

LGBT PROPER GANDA
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Ndithudi muno salamulanso winabamba.U N ikufuna member waLGBT yemwe ndi mfumu ya achina Ntambo kumadziko MUDZADWALA MA BP CHIFUKWA CHAKUSADZIWA AMBILINU Kusazitsata

Nzika
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Nzika

Shameless corrupt beggars and looters! You all stink!

Gokwe
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Gokwe

That’s why timafuna anyamata anga awa che Ben, osati adausi kumango kumba maenje oti anzao ahweremo.

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

Jerusalem University woyeeee

BigMan
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BigMan

Begging bowl diplomacy. Bring investors, fix your power grid, fix your police so that they serve instead of rape the citizens, cut out the corruption and then, just maybe, you will be able to buy your own fire engines.

One thing i Know, rich people, successful people, developed countries, dont respect begging.

Patricia
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That’s true…the whole culture needs changing….expecting free handouts with no shame…why not take pride in hard work and being financially independent….malawians have been going to universities for the past fifty five years…why not make your own fire engines….and why not buy your own malawi made clothes and shoes and take pride in your malawi made goods……this anything from abroad is better than malawi made attitude has to change…buying things from abroad and making them richer and making your own countries poorer by not buying and respecting your own…please take pride in your country and help it prosper

Drama
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Drama

No shame. Begging at the same time you are the master minders of destroying Malawi.

Malawi is capable of purchasing these things, considering the money you guys are looting on daily basis.

If the whole bunch of u could put the fat allowances together, thats one well equipped Ambulance.

You have millions to bribe but no money to pay the teachers and sort out our healthcare system. Enough of u all. Out!😡

St Michael
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St Michael

This mentality about begging is disease which should be condemned. We can’t be begging for everything including old fire engines all the time. Just one million dollars we can get several brand new fire engines. Over a few years we can have enough fire engines to cater for our needs. Come one folks!!! Govt MUST plan to procure some of these things using our taxes. This is a disgrace!! aaaaah