We appreciate skepticism over $6.8 billion grant – Government

Government says it understands scepticism Malawians are expressing over reports that Bridgin Foundation has signed a $6.8 billion grant with Malawi Government.

According to Government spokesperson Gospel Kazako, Malawians have previously been duped and subjected to man-made poverty through crookedness masterminded by previous governments.

He said: “As government we understand all the questions that Malawians are asking regarding the $6.8 billion that is coming from Bridgin Foundation.

“We understand because Malawians have been duped before, lied to before, trampled and pressed for a very long time and have been and in fact Malawians have been subjected to man-made poverty.”

Kazako added that it is proper and normal for people in the country to ask questions on the said deal in relation to failed agreements which were previously signed.

“And when they hear something positive that there is a grant of $6.8 billion, certainly they have to ask questions and re-look what is being told to them and making sure that they are getting the sense,” reasoned Kazako.

The government spokesperson has however assured Malawians that the recently signed grant is real and will be implemented.

When signing the deal earlier this week, President Lazarus Chakwera said funds will be used for various development activities across the country.

He said: “There is no region of Malawi that will not benefit from this grant. There is no region of Malawi that will not have projects from this grant. There is no political party whose members will not benefit from the projects to be financed by this grant.

“For this reason, today is a day of celebration for every Malawian. It is a day of celebration for Malawi’s young people and elders. It is a day of celebration for Malawi’s men and women.”

Some of the projects to be rolled out using the funds include construction of a 25-storey twin towers at Capital Hill to house modern offices for Government, construction of electricity generation capacity to 1000 megawatts and construction of an Agro-processing plant at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar), which will also manufacture fertilizer for our farmers.

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