By: Ecram Mpita
A youth group in Malawis capital, Lilongwe has vowed not to relent but ‘red-card’ poor sanitation and ‘dormant’ irresponsible city fathers in a bid to ensure improved living environments, responsive leadership and pro-active communities in the city.
The group, Progressive Young Ambassadors for Development, (PYAD), attributes the continued deteriorating sanitary conditions in the country’s cities to passive communities .
PYAD made the observation after conducting a general cleaning exercise dubbed ‘Ambassadors for Improved Sanitation’ at Likuni Mission Hospital in Lilongwe. The exericise involved slashing, sweeping and mopping the hospital premise.
Executive Director for PYAD, Jonah Pankuku observed lack of passion and seriousness among youth groups in demanding their right to good sanitation from their leaders; arguing, such a careless approach subjects productive Malawians to dire risky conditions with a high probability of contracting water-borne-diseases such as cholera.
Pankuku added time is now ripe for the country’s citizens, companies and institutions to seriously and comprehensively incorporate issues of sanitation in a bid to make their communties safe havens for habitation.
“You dont preach development when sanitation is given a blind eye by communities and authorities. We need deliberate efforts and programmes that add value to the fight against poor sanitation especially in our cities. That demands a progressive and proactive remedy which PYAD has employed,” said Pankuku.
In an interwiew with Radio 247 Malawi Online, Chrissy Mkwezalamba, who represented the hospital’s matron hailed the youth group for what she described as ‘kind developmental gesture’ to the hospital and called on other institutions and organizations to borrow a leaf. “They have been a true friend in need to the hospital. We are at times overwhelmed by the work at this hospital. This group has shown maturity and value for development by giving us this support,” said Mkwezalamba.
PYAD is a newly established 70 member youth group that strives to produce creative and proactive youths so that they make transformational and meaningful contributions towards solving problems facing them and their communities.
The much awaited Malawi achievers awards in UK will be held this weekend. After months of preparations and people scrambling for tickets, the organisers have confirmed that Leicester City is read to host the elegant event.
Malawi achievers awards is the brainchild of Malawi Association UK, the umbrella body for all Malawi associations in UK. It held its first event last year , in another memorable red carpet event that was also held in Leicester. According to organisers face book posts, this year is promising to be the biggest event ever
The event seeks to honour and recognize Malawians living in UK who have been extraordinary in different fields and whose works have had a positive impact to the community. The categories for this year event include best corporate business, best media, best arts and culture, outstanding achievement in sports, best Malawian event award, best Malawi association award, rising star, community champion
Special recognition will also be given to nominated people in the are of Academic, international and a lifetime achievement award given to an An individual who has made a substantial long contribution to the Malawi community and a figurehead for change and progress. An individual whose achievements have been far-reaching, possibly on a national or international level.
The big event will take place on Saturday 28th March at Athena Hall , Queen street, L1 1QD form 6pm till late
In a related development, one of the directors of Radio 247 Malawi Davie Chirwa has announced that the station will broadcast the whole event live. “ we want to give Malawians who live outside UK to have a chance to follow the proceedings at the awards ceremony” said Chirwa.