Sunday, May 26, 2024

Vuwa Kaunda Commends President Chakwera for Donor Confidence Restoration

The Chakwera leadership magic has completely swept-off Member of Parliament for Nkhatabay Central Constituency Honourable Simon Vuwa Kaunda, who in his recently released praise chorus, has commended Malawi President Lazarus. This follows the recent announcements of support from major partners such as the United States Government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

On October 11, 2023, the US launched a new project worth $40 million (approximately 46.4 billion MWK) in collaboration with anchor firms, focusing on expanding economic opportunities through designated “Growth Poles.” Administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the project targets smallholder farmers, youth, and women, aiming to enhance the income diversification of around 500,000 Malawians. USAID’s press statement indicates that the five-year Growth Poles Project, implemented by Palladium, will leverage private sector investments amounting to $500 million (approximately 580 billion MWK), ultimately aiming to improve food security and increase exports from Malawi.

Shortly after, UNHCR pledged ongoing support to assist the Malawi Government in refugee relocation efforts. During bilateral discussions held in Geneva, Switzerland, UNHCR High Commissioner Fillipo Grandi committed to providing approximately $180,000 for the relocation exercise, with $50,000 allocated for a review of the refugee act. UNHCR also committed $50,000 for a verification exercise of refugees in the 2024 budget, along with $80,000 for establishing a new refugee camp at Kayilizi in Chitipa district.

Honourable Simon Vuwa Kaunda emphasized the significance of donor partners extending substantial assistance to Malawi, particularly given the challenges faced by its citizens. He reiterated his call for a responsible opposition capable of offering constructive solutions, emphasizing the need to move beyond mere opposition without proposing viable alternatives. Vuwa Kaunda, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), seems to be positioning himself for potential collaboration with the current administration.


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