Mutharika opens Milonga Community College in Thyolo: Malawi leader says skilled labour force crucial to national development

President Peter Mutharika has reiterated his commitment to economically empower the country’s youths through skills development after he opened the Milonga Community College in Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa area in Thyolo on  Saturday.

President flanked by First Lady Getrude Mutharika and Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila cuts a ribbon, marking the opening of the college

Mutharika being briefed about Milonga Community College

Milonga Community College in Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa area

President Peter Mutharika in Thyolo opening Milonga Community College

Speaking to the gathering, after opening the institution, the President said the country can only develop if it invests in skilled labour force, particularly in the youth, saying his government remains determined to empower the sector with requisite skills.

He said there is no country that can develop without skills development, hence the need to impart technical skills to the youths across the country.

“I wonder when some people say community technical colleges are not relevant. I will continue with this programme no matter what because I know how it is going to transform this country,” Mutharika said.

The Malawian leader said it is the wish of government that the country’s youth are economically empowered and become economically independent, saying that could only be achieved through technical skills development.

“I would like the graduates from these community technical colleges to start their own businesses and probably create employment for others,” said Mutharika.

In his speech, Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila thanked government for giving more support to youth development through his ministry.

The minister said community technical colleges in the country are transforming lives for the youths.

Kasaila disclosed that government’s plan of having a technical college in every district would empower the youths to be productive in their homes and the country at large.

He also commended government for constructing stadiums which he said are exposing raw talent among the youth in different sporting activities.

“The talents exposed and developed in the stadiums have the potential to make one a millionaire. The stadiums will greatly expose the talents and see our youths progressing with their talents,” Kasaila added.

In his remarks, Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa said the opening of the technical college was a fulfillment of the country’s leadership promise during campaign period.

“We are very grateful because you have provided us with this infrastructure which is going to benefit the youth in the district to participate in national development,” Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa said.

Milonga Community Technical College is offering vocational training in plumbing, carpentry, bricklaying, tailoring and, Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The college is the 13th to be opened and is operating in partnership with Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Trust (TEVET).

It has been constructed by Bonongwe Contractors whose proprietor, Billiat Bonongwe, is a graduate of Lilongwe Technical College.

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Our kids to be plumbers khululukileni ambuye mwana pulambala sayi ndithu


DPP can now proudly tick their MANIFESTO check-box, done. But it appears this college is the first of its kind in Malawi. No wonder the president had to to find time to grace the inaugural ceremony himself. But how many do we have nationwide? Can someone from the ministry share with us this info?
Unfortunately like most promises in DPP MANIFESTO it’s coming too LATE & too LITTLE!!!. This is only 4 years down the line and barely 12 months before elections.


Bravo Mr State President. Zimatidabwitsa andale zopanda experience akamanena kuti Malawi ndi dziko lolephela. Amene sakukhulupilira kuti dzikoli zinthu zikuyenda, umboni woti zikuyenda aupeza tsopano and that nonsense must stop. May be such people have fake sight in addition to fake accent.
When they say they do not want titles such as Professor, Dr etc, it’s nothing but a realization that they do not deserve such titles as they were a donation to them. I am waiting for a day when they will also do away with the fake accent.

Whilst the construction of Community Colleges should be applauded, it is sad to se that the buildings are of substandard (they look like we are still in the 19th century) and are equipped with outdated equipment and technology. Malawi should looking to China in terms of their vocational colleges and how there equipped and how the curriculum is modelled. Unless Malawi progresses to the skills of China, we will continue to import from China and India. Malawi needs to design a curriculum that calls for innovation and creativity. Graduates from these colleges should be able to design and manufacture simple… Read more »

Mr president,the program is good for the development of the country but that is possible only if you can produce quality artisans like the ones produced during the colonial and one party era. The teveta product leaves a lot to be desired they are not half baked but say 1/4 baked. Most when they graduate they behave like they have only been under supervision for one three month term. Act on this Mr president..

Cognitive DIssonance Theory
Cognitive DIssonance Theory

When Mudzi transformation fund houses were painted, orange people including those DPP made a lot of noise. Now we have these buildings painted in DPP colour.


Are you colour blind. That’s not DPP colour.




Are you colour blind? That’s not DPP colours.


Wooow, I just like it when they said the constructor of the technical college is a graduate of Lilongwe technology college. That amazes me.


Impressive work. Bravo APM.

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