Message to Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda

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Sir,i have few observations and suggestions that i believe;is the majority take on issues of national importance.

Minister Chimwendo with his wife at his swearing in ceremony posing with the president of Malawi(middle)

I must commend you,you are truly an inspiration to the youths and your fellow peers.Bravo!

1) Housing Project

Immigration,Police,Forestry,Prison and other security departments are in dire need of good and decent accommodation.

Immigration houses -one bedroom.

The previous regime took a loan from India,billions upon billions to build 10,000 houses across the country for our people in uniform,sadly less than 100 houses were built. Can we open an investigation.

These are the current police houses,one bedroom

#Observation

While we are yet to get to know where the billions evaporated to,I suggest the Ministry should think outside the box by allocating and identifying land outside the City to build double storey buildings to serve as houses for the men in uniform.

Double Storey Designs are economical, land spacing and adds scenery beauty.

2) National Identity Cards.

There is a big problem at National Registration Bureau, it is taking two to three years for a national id to come out,i wonder what could be the reason. Yet they say it only takes one to three months.

Even renewal or lost ID process is another nightmare. And there are allegations of foreigners accessing our ID’s easily for a song($250).

3) Passport

Few years back,there was a story of Karim Batatawala selling expensive belts,shirts and hats to Immigration Department, it was a financial scandal worthy billions. Let this matter be revised and see the light of the day.

Immigration department is the worse nightmare in Malawi, the past regimes have failed to revive,sanctify this institution,it is full of dirty deals. A passport can take up to 3 or 4 years to come out and those who have thousands of monies to bribe the immigration officials get their passport services quickly and easily.

Burundians,Nigerians,Pakistans,Indians and many others as long as they have K2 Million they will own a Malawian passport. Let this be put to an end. The name of the country is being dainted due to drug smugglers who are using our passport to travel.

4) Border Control.

Most specifically Mwanza,Mchinji and other.

Some Mra and Immigration officials are too corrupt and unpatriotic. Anyone going out or coming in must give them something regardless there is no reason for that,and mind you those collected monies goes straight into their pockets.

Every border station must now have CCTV Cameras and have undercover agents,if we are to truly change the story.A lot of things get smuggled in without paying any cent to the govt.

Yamikani Nicholas Kachingwe the author.

With these few points i submit on behalf of all Malawians.

Yamikani Kachingwe

Yamikani Nicholas Kachingwe is a Malawian with great interest in current affairs, news and storytelling. Over the years, he has established himself as a a great source of news, a private investigator of issues and whistle blower using various social media platforms.

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