Dedza East parliamentarian Juliana Lunguzi Monday announced the launch of the Dedza East Trust online portal (www.dedzaeast.org) intended to be a forum for debate and networking on developmental initiatives in villages and institutions of the constituency and beyond.
Founded last week, the site becomes the first initiative of its kind by a Malawian politician.
Lunguzi, who is also parliamentarian for Dedza East, the website will, among others, help development partners, the general public and volunteers to “know institutions, CBOs and NGOs with which they can partner to develop the area.”
The lawmaker said she decided to establish the trust “in order to divorce politics from development” whose distinction many do no appreciate in the country.
She said: “The experience I have gathered from the first semester of my life as a Member of Parliament (MP) is that people find it difficult to separate the role of the MP as a politician against the role of the same MP as a person from whom constituents expect ‘development.’”
The Trust, Lunguzi added, will be 100 per cent development focused with zero attention on politics so that the lives of the people of Dedza East, “for whom politics means nothing” are uplifted.
“Created with user experience firmly in mind, the website has been designed using the latest technology and is compatible with today’s browsers and mobile devices. All pages, articles and forums are linked to social media for easy sharing,” Lunguzi stated.
The youth also have a special platform on the site, Youth Forum, on which they can share and discuss their ideas.
“On that portal, they can register and exchange ideas, ask questions and get answers on any topics or subject, from their fellow youths,” explained the statement.
The organization was certified as a Trust (TR /INC 6344) in accordance with Laws of Malawi Cap 5:03 by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs on February 26, 2015.