Mutharika promises new Malawi army houses in Jan 2018: Cheers accident victims

President Peter Mutharika has reaffirmed his government’s commitment towards improving the welfare of soldiers in the country with a promise to start constructing decent houses for all four law enforcement agencies in the country in January.

President Mutharika making a speech at Moyale Barracks. Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Mutharika cheer relatives of the accident victims.-Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana
President Mutharika inspects guard of honours at Moyale Barracks.-Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Mutharika revived his manifesto promise in Mzuzu on Monday when he toured Moyale Barracks to familiarize himself with the institution as the Commander-in-chief and Minister of Defense.

He said it was now time to construct decent houses for officers at Malawi Defense Force (MDF), Malawi Police Service, Malawi Prison Service and the Immigration Department.

“I have seen the houses that our soldiers are living in. They are in bad shape and insufficient. But I am here to tell you, that the housing project for our men and women in the security services, which I announced in our manifesto, is about to start.

“In fact, we will launch this project this coming January. So, you will soon have modern houses here at Moyale and in all the other MDF premises, Police, Prisons and Immigration,” he assured.

He added that government was also planning to upgrade Chilumba Barracks Clinic to ease health challenges people at the base and surrounding communities encounter.

In his remarks, MDF Commander, General Griffin Supuni Phiri commended government for its continuous support and pledged to maintain the good standard of work that the force is known for.

He further thanked government for the rehabilitation works on access roads within Moyale Barracks which he said were impassable due to heavy rains.

During the tour, the President together with the First Lady donated K5 million to Moyale women welfare grouping to help in their social work.

“I understand the spouses of our soldiers have a social welfare organisation. The First Lady and I are donating K5million to the welfare fund,” he said.

From Moyale Barracks, the first couple visited victims of the Mapanjira military disaster to check on their recovery progress at the Mzuzu Central Hospital where they are receiving treatment.

“I am pleased and relieved to see them show huge signs of recovery and I continue to wish them that they get even much better,” Mutharika told journalists after visiting the patients.

On Saturday, one more person died at the hospital bringing the death toll to 23.

General Supuni Phiri said three soldiers are currently receiving treatment at the hospital while five are receiving specialist treatment at Beit Cure Hospital in Blantyre with others at Mzimba District Hospital.

The President who has so far visited Changalume and Cobbe Barracks, which have similar challenges, will also visit Malawi Armed Forces College (MAFCO) in Salima and Marine Department in Monkey Bay, Mangochi District.

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nsanai kugwe
nsanai kugwe
4 years ago

kkkkkkkkkkk koma zoona, manyumaba ama polisi ku kanjedza , lilongwe ngati zikhuthe- (zisakasa za temporary zosungilako moyo ku ma trading centre kudikila tsiku la nsika) eeya. ma polisi athu amakhala ngati akaidi . ana angapo in a 1 or 2 bedroom mmenemo anthu akukhala mma mmanshoni 15 bedrooms anthu 4. FAIR. ???? tangokozani miseu yolondeka apa. mmakonda kucita apreciate za eni mukayenda mmaikomu mumayesa zinabwera ndi angeloooooo

Dangerous Dave
4 years ago

This Muthalika is a liar. Look at the police houses around Lilongwe Market. The houses have never been painted since Kamuzu left. Be careful with this old and dying president.

che nnungu
4 years ago

You just heard the Army General warning in Zimbabwe and you want to brain wash our army with lies. You will be the next one. Just a matter of time. Malawi Army dont be cheated the Police were promised houses where are they??????

4 years ago

Where are the houses he promised Police officers at kanjedza? of course he cant even remember zomwe ananena

4 years ago

So everything is starting in January. Airport, Mombela University, Houses for our men in uniform, no blackout ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh January. Koma Gogo uyu ativutadi

4 years ago

Muluzi made a similar promise when he said he would construct police houses in Kanjedza in Blantyre. The man finished his two terms without constructing a single house but ended up pocketing MK1.7 bn. I do not see why the President cannot just come up with project to surprise the nation instead of making a broken promise like this one. Time will tell. The soldier in command in Zimbabwe has fired a warning shot to Mugabe for his failure to manage the country. Leaders must always be mindful of what Bishop Msusa said during the PAC meeting at Mount Soche… Read more »

4 years ago

Its nothing to be proud of. Landirani nyumba zimenezo ndi misonkho yathu. Its not from his pocket.

4 years ago

Clever! So just as the elections appear on the horizon, and discontent with the government increases, so APM announces benefits for the military. Is this to make sure the army supports him? Is it to buy their votes? The timing looks suspicious to me.

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