President Chakwera visits developmental projects in Mwanza

By Brian Wasili

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera on Friday morning visited several development projects in Mwanza district to appreciate challenges the places are facing.

Among others, the President visited Mwanza Secondary School and Mwanza District Hospital before inspecting new police houses and leading scores of people to the ground breaking ceremony for a 5,000 seater state of the art stadium.

Head teacher for Mwanza Secondary School, Henry Saka said the school has a lot of challenges such as absence of resource room for special needs education students, dilapidated multipurpose hall and hostels, broken sewer system and use of firewood at the kitchen, among others.

“Mwanza is the only boarding secondary school in the district with 336 students and there is need to have most things available,” said Saka.

At Mwanza District Hospital, the President toured pediatrics ward where he donated assorted items in the ward.

In his remarks, District Director of Health and Social Services, Dr Misha Sitande told the President that the hospital has an outstanding electricity bill of K60 million, high vacancy rate at 58 percent, lack of power back up and frequent breakdown of X-ray machine, among others.

“The district has only two health centres, namely Thambani and Kunenekude and this affects operations of the hospital as the district also serves people from Mozambique,” said Sitande.

Later the president toured Mwanza Police staff houses which are expected to reduce accommodation challenge of the law enforcers. The 10 houses are now at 73 percent completion rate.