By Staff Writer:
President Lazarus Chakwera has challenged people in the country to rise up and challenge themselves that they can contribute towards the county’s social economic growth without relying on the donor community.
Chakwera was speaking on his arrival from the 77th United Nations General Assembly in the United States of America.
Addressing multitudes of people who had gathered at Kamuzu International Airport to welcome him, Chakwera said it is the responsibility of each and every Malawian to contribute towards the country’s socio-economic growth, regardless of age, race, religion and tribe.
“We must stop feeling sorry for this country and wait for other people to come with aid to support us. It must start with us. It must begin with us. What are we doing towards overcoming the challenges this country is facing?” said Chakwera attracting cheers from the crowd.
Meanwhile Chakwera believes time for partisan politics is over and Malawians must unite regardless of political affiliations and contribute towards the country’s economy.
Chakwera returned from the UN General Assembly where apart from addressing the conference he also signed the US$350 Million Compact 2 grant which the US government is offering to the government of Malawi for infrastructure development.
Whilst in the US he also held meetings with heads of the World Bank and IMF to negotiate for possible further grants to the government of Malawi.
On return he also passed by the United Arab Emirates where he had an audience with the royal family which has promised to invest in the country’s energy sector especially in electricity generation.
He left Malawi on 12 October for the UN General Assembly but passed by Kenya where he attended the inauguration of that country’s new president William Ruto.