The African Water Association (AfWA) has elected the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) Chief Executive Officer, engineer Alfonso Chikuni as its vice-president for Southern Africa region.
AfWA elected Chikuni, who is one of its board members, during its executive board meeting held in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday (16th November, 2019). The continental body has four regions namely south, east, north and west.
Chikuni takes over from professor Hammath C Kasan of Rand Water of South Africa.
“The election shows the trust AfWA has in me and the Lilongwe Water Board in general. It is a privilege to represent my country at such top-level platform. There are a lot of issues we need to tackle as continent and as a country- Malawi; and I feel now we will have a voice and representation on continental issues regarding water and sanitation,” explained Chikuni.
Chikuni was once nominated for the sixth edition of African Utility Week Industry Awards which took place on Wednesday 15th May, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.
He was shortlisted for the award due to his tremendous and enormous contributions to improved water services delivery in Lilongwe City since he took over as CEO of Lilongwe Water Board in 2014. Soon after assuming the position, he did a diagnostic assessment of the institution and developed a turnaround strategy to improve performance of the Board.
His contribution to water sector especially to Lilongwe Water Board, cannot be overlooked. Chikuni has brought about different approach of doing things, creating an environment that accommodates innovative thinking. He has turned the tides around for an organization that was previously synonymous with losses, instilling a working-smart philosophy.
Alfonso Chikuni is a Professional Engineer registered with Board of Engineers of Malawi and executive member of the Malawi Engineering Institution.
Prior to his appointment as Lilongwe Water Board’s CEO, Chikuni had once worked in different capacities as a Project Manager and Engineer with the Board, and other companies.
He is a holder of MSc. Project Management from University of Pretoria, BSc Civil Engineering from University of Malawi and Diploma in Public Administration.
Chikuni is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :