President Lazarus Chakwera

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—People in the Northern Region can afford a smile as Tonse Alliance administration, under the leadership of President Lazarus Chakwera, has reaffirmed its commitment to transform the region beyond recognition.

This has been disclosed by Presidential press secretary, Brian Banda, during the State House Weekly Brief.

Banda told journalists that the Northern Region has been earmarked for landmark infrastructure projects.

He emphasized that Chakwera and the Tonse Alliance administration means well for the country and will champion projects that will change the face of the region.

He said the President during the campaign trail “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.

The Press Secretary said the current administration has also 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.

He further said that 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 are: a railway line 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 Nkhata Bay to a municipality.

Since the dawn of multiparty democracy, politicians have been remembering the existence of the region during presidential elections only and dump it later on, a development that has been largely attributed to regionalism and tribalism tendencies by incumbent leaders.

It is yet to be seen if the current president will walk the talk.

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