Iceland International Development Agency (Iceida) handed over five vehicles and five motorcycles worth K68 million to Mangochi District Council on Friday last week.
Speaking after receiving the donations, principal secretary for Local Government and Rural Development, Kester Kaphaizi, hailed Iceida for its continued support to Malawi and Mangochi in particular.
“These donations are in line with Malawi’s development agenda. The medium-term development agenda of MGDS II aims to promote sustainable economic development to reduce poverty and achieve development goals,” he said.
The were two motor vehicle ambulances, a utility cruiser and scholarships to the health sector; and a Land cruiser, a three tonner lorry and five motorcycles to the Water Department.
These donations are fruits of the partnership between Mangochi District Council and Iceida which started in 1989. Currently, Iceida is pursuing a K5 billion (about $12.8m) 2012-2016 project titled Mangochi Basic Services Programme (MBSP) aiming at providing support to Mangochi’s sectors of health, water and sanitation, education and its institutional capacity building.
Iceida country director Vihjalmur Wiium said the government of Iceland is pleased to have worked in Malawi since 1989.
“For all these years, we were doers. However, we were doers that did all the projects with our own people. We want them to do things they feel are important with our help,” he said.
Wiium added that with MBSP, Iceida will step back.