MACRA to Construct 193 Telecentres…Opens 3 Centres in Machinga

By Tionge Kasolota, Mangochi

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani has announced that government through Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) will construct 193 telecentres in all the constituencies across the country.

The minister said this on Thursday when he opened three telecentres in Machinga district.

Botomani said it is government’s wish to connect all constituencies in the country through internet.

“The world is changing into technology that is why the president thought of constructing telecentres in the country so that the communities should have access to the internet as this will make communication
easy,” said Botomani.

Botomani said through internet people will be able to contribute to the country”s socioeconomic development. He appealed to the communities to take care of the telecentres.

MACRA director general Godfrey Itaye said telecentres are important to the communities as people will be able to access many things through internet.

“You will be able to print and photo copy things in these telecentres. The youth will also apply for jobs through online. They will be able to read about what is happening in the world. You will be able to sell
things or purchase them using internet and you will no longer need to travel to towns to have these
services,” said Itaye.

Itaye thanked the communities for working together with Macra by providing bricks.

According to Itaye every telecentre is costing Macra about K65 million.

Traditional Authority (TA) Sitola, thanked government for equipping Machinga with three telecentres.

The three telecentres are Namisika at Nselema in Machinga North East constituency, Mbenjere at Ntaja in Machinga Central Constituency and Liwonde in Machinga Likwenu Constituency.

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