Minister of Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe has bemoaned laziness among Malawi’s citizens, a thing he says cannot move the country out of the abject poverty trap.
Gondwe, who is also Member of Parliament (MP) for Mzimba North Constituency, expressed the concern Saturday during the presentation of a K4.2 million cheque to Kamuwoli Primary school for construction of a teacher’s house and a K4.7 million cheque for construction of a school block at Nthizi Junior Primary School in the constituency.
The Minister noted that most Malawians, particularly men, go into serious farming business for three to four months a year and go on a French leave for eight months.
He said the country cannot get out of poverty trap unless Malawians changed their attitude and started working throughout the year.
Gondwe said even in rich countries like America, Japan, China and German, among others, citizens’ hard-working spirit throughout the year has helped their countries to sail above the poverty line.
The Minister explained that Malawi was endowed with a lot of natural resources such as water which are just wasted.
He said if used fully, the resources can help transform Malawi from poverty to prosperity.
To that effect, he said government has plans to enable people especially in rural areas work throughout the year.
“Government is coming up with plans to introduce more irrigation sites in the country so that we fully utilize the wasted water resources so that Malawians can start growing crops twice or thrice a year.
“With the food and cash crops that we are going to grow twice or thrice a year, we should be able to transform the people’s lives in the country,”Gondwe said.
He, however, said the plans can only work if people change their attitude and start working hard throughout the year.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :