Homeland Security Minister Honourable Richard Chimwendo Banda has reiterated government’s plan to build thousands of houses for security agencies which include the Malawi Police Service (MPS) Prisons and Immigration Departments.
The Minister told Parliament this morning that government will request for bids to construct over 2000 houses for the security agencies in the next phase beginning the next financial year. Currently over 1000 houses are being constructed in the first phase.
In addition, he emphasised that his Ministry will pay attention to police units established in borders so that issues of trafficking and illegal migration are addressed.
He told the House about the plan when he was responding to a number of questions which Members asked regarding steps which the Ministry is taking in building houses for police officers who are deployed in various police units across the country.
His Exevellency President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera unveiled his plan to build 4000 houses for the military, 4000 houses for Malawi Police Service, 1000 houses for the Prisons Department and other 1000 houses for the Immigration Department.
Regarding future plans, the Minister told the House that his Ministry has the plan to construct the Northern Region Police Headquarters offices in Mzuzu. However, he hinted that the plan will materialise upon having resources.
For the past 20 years, security officers have been living in dilapidated houses which in turn have been demotivating officers. President Chakwera’s regime ambarked on constructing modern houses and police offices such as the magnificent Blantyre Police Station, which its construction rate has hit 35 percent since he rose to power.