President Peter Mutharika has warned the opposition in Dedza to stop misleading people of on Bwanje Valley Dam construction site in the central region district.
The project, which started in June, 2016 is expected to end in June this year. It will help to irrigate part of the 800 hectares at Bwanje Irrigation Scheme and other new irrigation sites to be identified.
Speaking on Tuesday at Mtakataka Trading Centre in Dedza close to where the construction site of the project is, Mutharika said an opposition member – apparently referring to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) former legislator for the area, Juliana Lunguzi, should stop misleading people in the area by telling them that the projects has been constructed in the area because of the initiative of that opposition candidate.
“I want to tell you people of Dedza that it is the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government under my leadership that has constructed Bwanje Dam with an aim to transform lives of people from poverty to prosperity. This is the initiative of DPP led government and no one should mislead you,” Muthalika said.
“We understand that people here in Dedza like farming which is why my government decided to construct Bwanje dam so as to enable people grow crops thrice a year .This will help them produce surplus crops which will help them generate money through businesses as they will be selling the produce,” he added.
He therefore urged people to vote for DPP on Tuesday next week during the tripartite elections.
Speaking earlier, Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza who spoke on behalf of Senior Chief Kachindamoto hailed Muthalika for constructing Bwanje dam in the area.
He said the dam among other things will transform lives of people in Dedza as well as the whole Malawi and will also help ease the problem of shortage of water in the district.
Once completed, Bwanje Valley Dam will be the largest in the country.