By Sarah Mlozoa
Government says it is committed to improving the welfare of Malawi Defense Force (MDF) soldiers.
Deputy Minister of Defence Jean Sendeza said this on the sidelines of a handover ceremony of a rehabilitated water supply system and some facilities at Changalume Barracks in Zomba.
Sendeza has urged all those using the facilities to take ownership and be responsible.
“It is our priority to have the welfare for all men and women in uniform have all facilities that are required for them to execute their mandate to be of paramount importance,” Sendeza said.
On his part commanding officer for Changalume Barracks Christian Mndala said the MDF acknowledges and appreciates government’s efforts in improving infrastructure at the barracks.
“The whole unit as well as the entire MDF acknowledges and apprieciates government`s efforts by improving infrastructures here at Changalume,” he said.
M’ndala further expressed gratitude over the rehabilitated infrastructures, saying that it will help in sustaining all forms of life at the barracks together with the surrounding community.
“We were using old facilities which were not in good standard like the health facility but now with the new structure our lives together with the surrounding community will not be the same.”
Changalume Barracks was established in 2003 it operates from the formerly Portland cement factory, where among others the place does not meet all the military requirements as it was not designed for such.