Concerned Citizens Network, a national movement composed of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and members from students’ organisations, has hailed President Joyce Banda’s leadership, saying she has transformed Malawi into an upper middle income in the shortest period.
The group’s chairperson Mike Bagus, in a press statement, says the group conducted a comprehensive analysis on how government has progressed in the past two years under the leadership of Banda.
“The network has noted unique developmental programmes and initiatives which we feel if continued we may have a better future and a better Malawi. For example, the Mudzi Transformation Trust is a unique and important initiative as it transforms the lives of the less privileged and marginalised.
“If this initiative had started way back, it would have reached several communities throughout the country and poor people who were living in grass-thatched houses in the past are now having better and comfortable lives by living in better houses roofed with iron sheets,” said Bagus.
The network also commended Banda’s safe motherhood initiative, saying it has multiple benefits as communities reduce costs relating to antenatal and post natal care since the initiative offers services within their localities.
Said Bagus: “The safe motherhood initiative is unique as it is providing scholarships for nurses and midwives to be trained and posted to the constituencies from which they are recruited and benefit communities and through the construction of guardian shelters, pregnant women are now able to stay within the hospital’s premises in a good and healthy environment.”