Opposition plays a vital role in ensuring that there are checks and balances in every country. But there are other people in Malawi who think opposing is their spiritual calling. They have taken it upon themselves to oppose anything without even taking time to understand what they are opposing. They have become parrots that would oppose regardless of merit, as long as they are seen to oppose government.
To them opposing anything from government is their feel-good-factor. These cynics and later-day naysayers often create situations out of non-issues; they go out fishing for opportunities to create long and winding press releases. They write donors to disparage their own government and rush to microphone to create sound-bites that are aimed at inflaming situations.
The good thing however is that our bilateral and multilateral partners have their own eyes and ears on the ground. They have investigators who are able to investigate and get an objective and comprehensive picture on the ground that is not tainted with biasness and vested interests from politicos in borrowed robes. They are able to separate the wheat from the chaff and name political rhetoric when they see one.
That is the reason why despite the level of noise created by the usual suspects in the ‘opposition’, government of Malawi under the able stewardship of President Arthur Peter Mutharika continues to earn the confidence of its bilateral and multilateral partners. This is underlined by the continued and steady flow of aid that is aimed at funding various developments taking place across the country.
Among some of the achievements that are defining the growing trust among donors in Peter Mutharika and the DPP government are community stadiums. Speaking when he officially opened the Kasungu Community Stadium recently, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa hailed the project as one of the ace fruits of the growing cordial relationship between Malawi and Germany governments.
The youthful rapid fire Minister who has been pivotal to the vision of community stadiums and the sprouting of similar development, was single minded in his ode to President Arthur Peter Mutharika. He hailed the President for creating an enabling environment that has made it possible for the ‘stadium vision’ to be realized and to shrive.
Said Nankhumwa: “I am greatly indebted to Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi for restoring donor confidence that has seen more and more development partners resuming support to the country’s development agenda”.
The stadium project has completely transformed the face of Kasungu and allowed activities that hitherto could not have taken place in the district to take place.
“This stadium will also help curb the problem of teenage delinquency. The youths of Kasungu will now be preoccupied with various sporting activities that will be taking place at this stadium, and will not find time to engage in alcohol or drug abuse,” Said Nankhumwa.
He added that: “Few people believed in this stadium dream when we started in 2015. This place was just a mere dusty ground but today here we are with an imposing facility which has greatly added value to sports in Kasungu.”
The function attracted some high powered attendees such as German Ambassador to Malawi Jurgen Borsch; Mayor for Kasungu, Councilor Irene Katola; Secretary for Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Kiswell Dakamau; Member of Parliament for Kasungu Central, Amon Nkhata and Managing Director for Gansu Engineering, the contractors who have constructed the stadium.
Government has also just started construction of two new stadiums in Zomba City Council and Ntcheu District Council, which Nankhumwa said will further add colour to government’s vision of building stadiums in all councils and bringing development to rural areas of this country.
Speaking on the sidelines after the function, Nankhumwa reiterated government will not be swayed or detracted by political apparatchiks and handymen whose careers is to throw spanners in the works of government. He underlined that, as Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, he will continue to be the able and available footsoldier to implement Mutharika’s vision to transform this country.
“We are listening to the people and all stakeholders to make sure that we come up with responsive and enabling policies to ensure that we give the people the right development that will transform their lives,” Said Nankhumwa.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :