President Peter Mutharika has donated cement of an undisclosed amount to Kalambo Full Primary School in Area 25, Lilongwe.
The donated cement will be used for the construction of a brick fence around the school. The donation is in response to a request Traditional Authority (T/A) Chitukula made on Wednesday.
Chitukula, taking advantage of Mutharika’s presence at the school where he launched the 2016/17 National Forestry Season, pleaded with the President to bail out the school.
Said the chief: “Mr. President, I wish to bring to your attention that learners at this school are at risk of being hit by bicycle taxi operators who freely cycle within the school premises, since there is no fence.
“I, therefore, wish to take advantage of your visit to this school to plead with your government to construct a brick fence around the school to protect the lives of children.”
Chitukula said his subjects already moulded bricks and collected sand for the school fence project.
In response, Mutharika assured the chief that he would personally donate the required cement and hire a builder to construct the fence.
“So, come to State House tomorrow [today] to collect the cement. This is my personal donation to the school and I will hire a builder to do the construction for you.
“But I wish to emphasise the need for community involvement in this whole project for the sake of self-reliance. It’s high time we, Malawians, became self-reliant,” he said.