Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Minister, Grace Chiumia, has said Malawians should learn to work together despite their political differences.
Speaking at the unveiling of a bakery in the Area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kawamba in Kasungu District on Monday, Chiumia said, sometimes, Members of Parliament (MP) who do not belong to the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) do not welcome government officials delegated to initiate development initiatives.
Chang’ombe Bakery is a fruit of Community Savings and Investment Promotion (Comsip), which has about 200 groups in Kasungu alone.
Chiumia said both non-governmental organisations and MPs should put aside their political differences and take part in national development initiatives.
She said the government was ready to work with all people, regardless of political affiliation.
“The government is ready to work with all the people irrespective of the political party they belong to because the aim is to improve the living standards of Malawians,’’ she said.
Chiumia further commended Chang’ombe Bakery for the role it is playing in uplifting people’s living standards.
“This is one way of transforming the lives of people in the village. They are learning various things, and they are able to do great things using locally available resources,” Chiumia said.
Comsip Chief Executive Officer, Tennson Gondwe, said, as one way of easing financial challenges cooperatives face in the country, the organisation has established a micro-finance company that will be lending money to cooperatives.
“People are asking for additional capital for their investments. In that regard, we, as a union, have established a micro-finance company that will roll out on July 1 2018 and the pilot phase will start in Kasungu, Dedza and Lilongwe districts,” Gondwe said.
Legislator for the constituency, Alex Major, appealed to the government to consider upgrading the road that leads to the bakery for easy transportation of products.