Member of Parliament for Zomba Central Constituency, Patricia Kainga Nangozo has made a plea to President Peter Mutharika to consider spending some time at Zomba State House.
Kainga Nangozo said in parliament that people of Zomba “ feel somehow neglected and side-lined” by the continued absence of the President Mutharika from Zomba State House.
“ We feel there is conspiracy against things that have made Zomba a city. This conspiracy is through a systematic reversal of key social activities that we have been associated with.
“ First, it was the removal of Parliament. I, therefore, urge the President to spend some time in Zomba so that he can fully appreciate the social and economic dynamics in the city,” said Nangozo.
She said people Zomba Central are crying for industrialization in the city.
“The vendors from the old Kandodo to Zomba main market are really in dire need of the industrialization. There is need for government to create a deliberate plan to help Zomba be a city befitting its name; a city that can create employment for young people and other residents.
“It is also our belief in Zomba that having a city investment forum that articulates opportunities in this city can lead to a min industrial revolution that has capacity to create business opportunities especially for women, thereby, helping solve some economic challenges that they face,” said the lawmaker.
She also told parliament that patients at Zomba Central Hospital are going without food.
“This is a crisis that government needs to sort out immediately. Otherwise, the gains made in areas such as maternal health and HIV will be quickly eroded,” she said.
Mutharika was eyeing Zomba State House to turn into a referral hospital equipped with advanced technology to treat aliments that would otherwise be referred outside the country.