State House says ‘Chakwera administration’ to build mini Capital Hill for North,  Inkosi Mbelwa University and Orton Chirwa Airport

A presidential aide has said President Lazarus Chakwera’s administration is set to construct a mini Capital Hill in the north to enable government machinery work from the region whenever the Head of State is there.

President Chakwera: Orton Chirwa formed MCP and invited Kamuzu Banda from England to come and lead
Banda speaking at the Weekly Brief -Pic by Roy Nkosi

State House spokesperson and presidential press secretary Brian Banda described this as one of the signature development projects of what he repeatedly called ‘Chakwera administration’  has earmarked for the northern region.

Answering a question at a Weekly Brief which was held at Mzuzu State Lodge on Monday, Banda said the north has been earmarked for landmark infrastructure projects.

He said Chakwera means well for the country and will champion projects that will change the face of the northern region by among other things implementing the President’s manifesto.

“During the campaign trail, the President promised signature programmes that will happen here in the north. The President talked about a mini Capital Hill so that the President and ministers that accompany him can have office space to work from.

“The President also talked about a brand-new campus for Mzuzu University which will increase intake and diversification of facilities.

“He also mentioned of building Inkosi Mbelwa University which replaces the failed Mombera University. The Chakwera Administration will ensure that this is done,” said Banda.

During the elections campaign,  Chakwera promised that the  Tonse Alliance government of MCP and  UTM Party with other seven  parties in partnership will take on the establishment of Mombera University in Mzimba which has stalled and call it Inkosi Mbelwa University.

He accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  for neglecting the project while the plaque President Peter Mutharika unveiled in 2015.

Chakwera, apart from promising completion of Mombera University,   pledged many development projects in the North, including upgrade and expand Mzuzu Airport to international status, moving it from its current site in the middle of Mzuzu City towards the area between lakeshore district of Nkhatabay and Mzuzu so it serves allowing space for expansion.

He also promised construction of a railway line where the cost of national distribution will be minimal.

Chakwera also promised to establish an economic processing zone in Mzuzu for import substitution industry

He also  said his government will upgrade and declare Karonga as a Municipal City “in order to harness the near border trade potential, provide tax incentives for warehousing industry in Karonga and Mzuzu for all goods that enter Malawi through the Northern Corridor on foreign trucks to allow shared business with local transporters, except for petroleum products.”

Chakwera also said his administration will ensure establishment of a major technical college in Mzuzu to run short and long courses to prepare and equip the workforce there with the skills and artisanship to enable them fill up jobs his government will create in the north as part of the 4 million jobs that he plans to create nationally.

During the briefing on Monday, the  Press Secretary said the current administration has plans for an eco-tourism package that will see development of a good transport network linking Chintheche, NkhataBay and Likoma.

He said Likoma jetty was one of the priorities to be advanced.

Other projects that were commissioned by the previous administration will be sustained saying: “The projects do not belong to a particular party; they are for Malawians.”

Other projects in the offing include a railway line is also in the offing to connect Salima and Mbeya in Tanzania, an international airport in Mzuzu which will be known as Orton Chirwa International Airport on completion and upgrading the status of NkhataBay to a municipality.

Late Orton Chirwa,  who hailed from Nkhatabay, was the country’s first Attorney General after independence.

According to Chakwera, Orton Chirwa was the founder of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which he leads now.

A British-trained lawyer, Orton Chirwa and his wife, Vera, had been jailed since their abduction from exile in Zambia in 1981. They went into exile after an abortive Cabinet revolt against the country’s long-time President, Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

Orton Chirwa died in prison in Zomba on 20 October 1992. Aged 73, he had been imprisoned for nearly 11 years for non-violent opposition to the MCP autocracy.

At various times during his imprisonment he had been kept in leg irons and much of his imprisonment was spent in solitary confinement.

Chakwera, who quit the pulpit as head of Malawi Assemblies of God in 2013 to join frontline politics, said it is time to heal about the past atrocities and have a new Malawi that has bound together nine political parties in Tonse Alliance government.

Apart from UTM the main partner of MCP ,  other alliance partners in Tonse, include People’s Party,  Alliance for Democracy, People’s Progressive Movement, Freedom Party, Umodzi Party and Malawi Forum for National Development.

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Bauleni
Bauleni
8 months ago

The most stupid president we have ever had. Bolanso Joyce Banda

Mbwenu Naluta
Mbwenu Naluta
8 months ago

These dreamt projects were meant to bear Lazarus Chakwera’s name since the previous MCP had a Kamuzu Banda Brand which apparently is their character. Unfortunately in these democratic and transparency era, he sat down and thought about it twice, and thought he will hoodwink sloppy Malawians as it were.. Basically, all Chakwera and Chilima are doing is to please in-laws and satisfy ‘ukamwini’. In most cases talk is cheap but action usually is expensive. Brian Banda talked as if he is the president, if these projects fail to take off Chakwera will not be responsible for the deliverer of the… Read more »

Atuganire
Atuganire
8 months ago

Life after campaign? Mpakana mini Capital Hill? Let Lilongwe be Lilongwe and the North be the North. Aaah, mwachitikanga buli nah?
Dr. President you are not serious….

Mzedi
Mzedi
8 months ago

This is just another mudzi transformation Trust

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago

INSANITY if we are talk8ng of the airport and with the name glorifying the chieft etc. We should STOP this using peoples names. tidzavutitsa nazo zidzukulu zathu ma decades akubwerawa. bwanji mitsinje mapili malo ochuka. maina ake titamatelo. misonkho yathu koma we dont gain at all from much of these. anthu mmidzimu airport sanaione. tikati kugona ku hotela ndi kwa mabwana okhaokha olandilaso misonkho yathu yomweyo in the name allowances. kwathu kuno or l9dge munthu wamba sangapondeko ndi lelo poti mabwana amanga ma lodge ndi misonkho yathu nde mitengo yake mmayoooo. tiyeni timange ma bridge ooneka ma primary school bwa… Read more »

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
8 months ago
Reply to  nafundo zalo

I totally agree with you, sindikuona chifukwa chimene munthu wa kumudzi angapindulepo pa airport, while as primary schools, hospitals will benefit everyone. Airport is a development that should be considered 10 years down the line when there’s demand for such. Koma panopo ndi anthu angati amene amafuna kupita ku Mzuzu by air? Like seriously?

Mpakateni
8 months ago

Personalizing government institutions is very dangerous. It would have been better for Tonse to maintain the name – Mombera University other than Inkosi Mbelwa University. Appeasement policy is bad. Did Tonse seek public views on the name of the University? If not, it is likely to be changed to suit public taste at some point when Tonse is no longer in Government.

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
8 months ago

The construction of an airport of international standard in Mzuzu is a waste of money. Unless you convince me that either SAA or Ethiopian Airlines — the only two airlines flying into Malawi, will make stops there, this is gonna be a white elephant. Malawian Airlines simply doesn’t have enough aircraft to be flying between BT, LL and MZ. Already when Chakwera travels, they are having to cancel some planned flights unconvincing passengers. I’d concentrate on bringing KIA to international standard from the sorry bakery state it is in.

Mdala
Mdala
8 months ago

Very ambitious Mr President! Let’s start…! Maybe you can tell Brian Banda also to inform us when?

Mike Bamusi
Mike Bamusi
8 months ago

But mr President you did not talk about roads.I am from kazuni and our road to Rumphi is pathetic and as you know there is no hospital in kazuni.In 2018 a thirteen year old girl died of malaria because there was no transport to the hospital in Rumphi about 35 km away.

True Witness
True Witness
8 months ago
Reply to  Mike Bamusi

where is Kazuni

ghost
ghost
8 months ago
Reply to  Mike Bamusi

tell your MP

PHRIWAPHIRI
8 months ago

actions speak louder than words,avoid too much promises, zidzakubwerani izi

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