Malawi army recruits to face housing problems

After six months of enduring the hard military training, a total of 1146 recruits of the Malawi Defence forces finally graduated, at a colourful ceremony graced by the Defence Minister Ken Kandodo, Thursday.

But the squad will have to face housing problem as highlighted during the speeches at their graduation which took place at the Malawi Armed forces College (MAFCO) in Salima.

In his address to the new soldiers, the minister of Defence said government was aware that all MDF units were facing the challenge of limited accommodation.

Soldiers in the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) stand in formation . Photo source; Flicker

“Government is aware of the housing and transport problems which MDF is facing and we are doing everything possible to address the problem,”said he.

Kandodo mentioned the construction of 100 houses at Chilimba Garrison as one step that government has taken to address the problem.

He said government is working tirelessly to identify money for the construction of houses and hostels in most of its units.

Appeal

On a different note, Kandodo appealed to the graduating soldiers to be discipline and display good civil military relations.

“Today we are happy that you have joined the Malawi Defence Forces, and my advice to you is that you keep and maintain the discipline that has been part of this force,” said Kandodo.

In his speech the Commander of MDF General Henry Odillo also emphasised on discipline among soldiers.

“Discipline is of core value in the Army and as MDF will not tolerate any kind of indiscipline,” said the Commander.

According to information from the college, a total of 1170 recruits successfully joined the intake, but 24 failed to complete the course. Out of the 1146 soldiers 208 are female soldiers.

The new graduate squad was the 25th intake to train at MAFCO.

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