Government of Malawi has commended Mchinji-based businessman, Simbi Ashani Phiri, of Khato Civils for personally funding key development projects in his district of origin thereby aiding government in service delivery to its citizens.
During an official handover of a newly-constructed police unit at Kamwendo, Minister of Internal Affairs and Home Security Grace Obama Chiumia said government finds Simbi’s contribution to society as priceless.
“Government is very grateful for such a gesture. We appreciate the relationship you have with government and President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika. This is patriotism at its best,” said the minister.
Besides the police unit, Simbi also donated a vehicle and five motorcycles to ease mobility among police officers in their law enforcing duties.
In his address T/A Mkanda thanked Simbi for his timely and selfless intervention towards development of the area.
“What you do in this area is of huge significance to say the least. Not long ago you also handed over the new Tembwe Health Centre to people of his area. You are a real son of the land,” said T/A Mkanda in reference to the K200 million health facility.
Taking his turn, Police Inspector General Leckson Kachama said police officers at Kamwendo have just had their work eased with the donation.
“What we have witnessed today is the best definition of a good working relationship between police and citizens. The battle against crime can’t be won by police only, it requires community involvement. We at Malawi Police Service do not take this gesture by Mr Simbi for granted,” he said.
Kachama added that the new offices will enable police staff at Kamwendo have decent place to operate from.
People from the area interviewed randomly said Simbi has become a beacon of hope in the area because he is injecting his money into key projects that are improving livelihoods in many aspects.