Malawi President Joyce Banda on Saturday commended the professionalism and dedication exhibited by the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) locally and internationally.
Banda was speaking at Civo Stadium in the capital, Lilongwe at the commissioning of Chilumba Battalion which has been upgraded from a garrison.
“Military forces’ involvement in peace and humatarian operations and the role they play in emergency situations cannot be overemphasised. Our soldiers have been involved in United Nations peace keeping operations in Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, South Sudan, Liberia and Ivory Coast.
“Like all other government departments, the army faces numerous challenges due to the prevailing economic challenges. I am pleased to announced that 100 soldiers’ houses in Chilumba have been completed. A similar project at Changalume [in Zomba] is near completion,” said Banda.
The President also bestowed the award of Commendable Act Medal on MDF Commander, General Henry Odillo, for his “professionalism and strict adherence to the Constitution” during the transition of power last year after the death of former president Bingu wa Mutharika.