LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- Access to quality water is expected to improve for some residents in Lilongwe City Centre Constituency. This follows the commissioning this week of MK45 million solar power water projects.
Made available with funding from Innovation Africa who’s partners are in Israel, Britain, and USA, the project earmarks primary, and secondary schools, child care centres, villages, and clinics.
Innovation Africa, which has similar projects in other African countries including Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cameroon, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa, and Uganda, intends to use solar energy to provide free electricity for community irrigation and lights in public facilities of importance.
Malawi has 28 site projects, which among them is the Lilongwe City Centre constituency. The constituency will target schools such as Magweru, Mkomachi, Futsani, Kaputi and Kauma; Dhothi Child Care Centre, and Kaputalambwe; Lower Villa, Shire urban, Pheleni and Mbwetu hygiene and water projects.
Speaking to the Maravi Post after handing over the projects to the communities on Wednesday at Mbwetu, legislator
was delighted with developments taking place at the constituency.
Bisnowaty said the commissioning of the two projects, was the fulfillment of promises he made during the 2014 campaign that he would bring quality water to the area for free.
The lawmaker therefore assured the constituents that he will continue pumping the area with development projects for its transformation and as the face of the City of Lilongwe.
“This is the dream come true: by providing constituents what I promised them. We must always practice politics of development towards uplifting the less privileged people. About 8,000 households are going to benefit from Mbwetu alone,” the Parliamentarian said.
“I would like to assure them that the equipment used for the project, are of high quality. They have monitoring systems, especially the water tanks for any damage.
Bisnowaty , appealed to the communities to make use of the facility that they continue benefiting from it.
In her remarks, Morag Neill Johnson, Innovation Africa’s Africa Programs Associate, assured the nation with more innovation contribution towards achieving sustainable development to rural areas.
Johnson observed that if communities have access to clean water, it is easier to participate fully on community development, while contributing to the country’s growth.
“We want the communities to embark on irrigation farming, using the solar power water supply for food and vegetable cultivation to sustain their families,” said Johnson.
One of the beneficiaries, Martha Kazembe minced no words over the project; she said it was timely as the communities were walking long distances and spending many hours to fetch water.
Kazembe said the water crisis put her marriage under disrepute as she had to wake up as early as 3 am to fetch water. This situation did not please her husband.
She therefore assured the providers of the initiative, that the communities will good make use of in a sustainable manner.