President Joyce Banda has said her government will substantially advocate for widening the availability of decent accommodation in Malawi because she believes that better houses are a good measure of any country’s wealth.
She made the remarks on Tuesday in Karonga when, as Commander-In-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force, she presided over the handover ceremony of 100 houses constructed for armed forces officers at Chilumba Barracks.
“Let me take this opportunity to assure Malawians that my Government will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that people live in decent houses and that we move with times as regards standards of our structures,” she said.
She said she was particularly pleased with the development because it is in line with her government’s policy that all people, regardless of status, whether they are men and women in uniform, those in white collar jobs and even those in rural areas, should have decent accommodation.
The houses, worthy over K1 billion, have been constructed by the Malawi Housing Corporation using environmentally friendly technology, have three bedrooms and are fitted with many modern facilities such as geysers and ceilings.
“I am very pleased with the quality and the finishing of the houses,” President Banda remarked, saying the houses have added to the beauty of the environment at the Barracks.
She expressed the hope that the provision of the quality accommodation will play a tremendous role in motivating officers and men to serve the Malawi nation with more impetus to protect and maintain the country’s sovereignty.
“We are all aware that when one is living in a decent house, the environment or atmosphere is so comfortable and grants you satisfaction that when you go to work, you do so with a peaceful and focused mind,” she pointed out.
She advised the beneficiaries of the houses to take care of them, adding that the widening of the circle of comfortable accommodation to the security forces of Malawi was just a flicker of better things to come under her administration.
MDF Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Clement Kafuwa, Lands and Housing Minister Henry Duncan Dama Phoya and Defence Minister Ken Kandodo spoke before the Head of State, hailing her visionary and compassionate leadership.
Government, through the Malawi Housing Corporation, has also constructed 119 houses for the Malawi Police Service across the country. Plans are underway to construct houses for the Malawi Prison Services and the Immigration Department.
Recently, the Head of State laid a foundation stone in Lilongwe to mark the commencement of construction of 7,500 houses, which will be sold to Malawians. The houses will be constructed through a joint venture between Henan Gouji of China and the Malawi Housing Corporation.