Thousands of people from Group Village Headman (GVH) Eyama in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kyungu, commonly known as Katili feel excluded in their own country as they continue facing network problems.
Meanwhile, one of the leading mobile service providers, Telecom Network Malawi (TNM) has said it acknowledges the problem.
GVH Eyama expressed with concern at the development during a visit to his area on Thursday, wondering why over 3 000 citizens are denied access to communication at a time the nation should be advancing in technology.
He was almost in tears when recalling the problems that his subjects endure to inform relatives when a member of the community passes away.
Said Eyama: “Having a phone is not a matter of just keeping it in a pocket. We buy it to ease communication, but here our phones are useless as we cannot make or receive calls.”
Katili is only eighteen kilometres away from Karonga Boma to the east, however the area is out of reach with mobile network due to its terrain.
Speaking in a telephone interview last week, TNM public relations officer Limbani Nsapato said his company plans to install a tower in the area soon.
However, Airtel public relations officer Edith Tsirizani’s number went unanswered. n