President Lazarus Chakwera is today expected to travel to the Northern Region where, among others, he will re-launch the construction of United States (US)-funded 250 secondary schools project.
According to presidential press secretary Brian Banda, Chakwera will launch the schools’ project, which will be implemented under the Secondary Education Expansion for Development (Seed) Project, on Monday in Mzuzu.
On Tuesday, the President will preside over a University of Livingstonia graduation ceremony in Mzuzu.
However, on his way to the North, Chakwera has lined up whistle-stop meetings where he is expected to address the people.
According to a programme we have seen, Chakwera will first stop at Lumbadzi on the outskirts of Lilongwe, then Mponela in Dowa, Kasungu Boma and Jenda in Mzimba, before addressing people in Mzuzu City.
Said Banda: “The President will be heading up North on Friday and he will greet people on his way to the North. District councils have Covid-19 protocols and will follow them as the President addresses the people.”
Meanwhile, Ministry of Education spokesperson Chikondi Chimala said donor partners will officially hand over some completed structures to the President.
Seed is a $90 million (about K73.8 billion) partnership between the Malawi Government and the USA Government through the United States Agency for International Development.
Former president Peter Mutharika presided over the project’s ground-breaking ceremony in October 2019 at Kawale Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Lilongwe, which was attended by US Ambassador Robert Scott.
Scott at the time said that 96 new classrooms will be constructed in 30 existing urban secondary schools in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba and Mzuzu, as well as up to 200 new CDSSs in all the rural areas.