Chilima participates in walkers fundraising: ‘ Initiative vital towards Malawi tourism sector and economy’

Vice president, Dr. Saulosi Chilima on Monday joined a group of 10 young people dubbed ‘walkers’ who have been trekking for 10 days from Blantyre to Lilongwe in a bid to raise funds for the training of 100 tour guides.

Vice-President Saulos Chilima  joined 10 people who have, for 10 days, been walking from Blantyre to Lilongwe in a bid to raise funds for training of 100 Tour Guides.
Chilima also took some time to jog along the way
10 people who have, for 10 days, been walking from Blantyre to Lilongwe in a bid to raise funds for training of 100 Tour Guides.
Chilima with Minister of Tourism Micheal Use share light moments
Chilima said he joined the race because the initiative is of paramount importance towards the tourism sector and economy.
Jogging with the vice president Chilima

Chilima joined from Bunda Turn Off and walked a 13 kilometre stretch in a sizable crowd to the Gateway Wall via bypass road.

Speaking to reporters in Lilongwe, Chilima said he joined the race because the initiative is of paramount importance towards the tourism sector and economy.

“Everything is possible, if you want it to happen it has to begin with us. Therefore, this initiative will help government in boosting the tourism sector as it is the backbone of the economy,” Chilima said.

He , therefore, thanked the people who have sponsored the initiative such as TNM and urged them to increase the sponsorship to K10 million.

“You are not giving the money to walkers but it is for the training of tour guides who are useful for the development of the country through tourism sector,” he added.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife, Dr. Michael Usi, expressed gratitude to the Vice President for gracing the occasion saying the gesture is in line with the Tonse Agenda of developing the tourism sector so that it becomes a source of employment.

“We as Malawians should not wait for the outside people, but we should take the initiative ourselves as it is a noble course and to join the walkers as the money from this initiative will help in boosting the tourism sector,” he said.

TNM Chief Channels Officer, Phyllis Manguluti, said as a company they are committed to work with the government and communities.

She congratulated the walkers for the good job they have done.

“We sponsored the walkers since TNM is a Malawian company. We have a responsibility to invest in Malawi because whatever comes out from this will benefit all of us,” Manguluti said.

One of the organisers of the walker’s initiative, Yangiro Yangiro, disclosed that the walkers have managed to beat their target of K7.5 million.

“The journey has been tough because we had casualties along the way and also we tried as much as possible to save up on the money so that we don’t spend much,” Yangiro said.

He added that the people were breaking down sometimes even not having enough food but still the whole team has reached Lilongwe.

“We have been camping along the way sleeping in schools, churches though it was not simple but the team supported us and remained united,” he added.

The initiative involved 10 walkers who took a mega walk from Blantyre to Lilongwe covering a distance of 314 kilometres to raise money amounting to over K7.5 million for the training of more tour guides in Malawi.

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Vj Sambamo
Vj Sambamo
1 month ago

Good cause. Well done guys

Kazimuzimu forest
Kazimuzimu forest
1 month ago

Chilima so instead of being in office drawing up reforms he went for an outdoor exercise. Useless vp

Thyolo Thava Boy
1 month ago

Supporting tourism is good for our country. He has done enough about reforms in doors now its time to do it outside the office. Be positive Mr Kazimuzimu Forest

Mzakwacha Nixon
Mzakwacha Nixon
1 month ago

Iwe
Chilima has shown simplicity & wisdom here it’s not easy for VP to do that.
You can’t always be in office,you have too socialize at one point or another.
Ulichindere chomene pakunyo a VP..
You must be of/from DPP,vindere vyawanthu.call me,to tell you details of your uchindere.
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Who!
Who!
1 month ago

Good governance or self advertising.
Tangofunsa coz akulu awa hmm…

Mswahili mambo
Mswahili mambo
1 month ago

Chilima ndi mnyamata wozichepesa , ndamubvulira chisoti Mwananayu.

Mkanda Gudu
Mkanda Gudu
1 month ago

Truth be told, those were men and women. Holmes Banda is not young man. Some might recall he was a voice on the radio in the mid to late 90s and then he went to lecture at Polytechnic in Blantyre. He was among the students who ran away at Chancellor College in 1993 when the wind of change was blowing through Malawi. Therefore, to depict such a man as young, I feel like it’s unfair. He might even be older than SKC himself.

Brute
1 month ago
Reply to  Mkanda Gudu

So what!!

sikelo
sikelo
1 month ago
Reply to  Mkanda Gudu

Nosense,totally unnecessary. Just keep quiet, please!

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