MZUZU: Despite the souring relations between Malawi and the UK, the former colonial master has increased developmental aid to Malawi to about 90 million pounds this year.
Britain suspended budgetary support to Malawi after the expulsion of high commissioner Fergus Cocraine-Dyte from Lilongwe but says the money will be channeled to projects.
Charge D’ Affaires at the British High Commissioner’s office Mr. Kirk Hollingsworth also said relations between the two countries are expected to normalize in the near future as talks are currently under way.
One of the Senior Officials in the Office of British High Commissioner to Malawi has disclosed that his government has increased Aid to Malawi to about ninety million pounds this year, a statement which is contrary to what is being highlighted in the media that Britain has freezed financial support to Malawi.
Commissioners Charge D’ Affaires Mr. Kirk Hollingsworth also said relations between his country and Malawi will is expected to normalize in the near future as talks between the two countries are currently under way.
Mr. Hollingsworth said this in Bolero-Rumphi when he commissioned a four million kwacha plus Briquette making programme by My Village Organization aimed at fighting effects of climate change in the district.
Mr. Kirk Hollingsworth who is Charge D’ Affaire’s in the office of British High Commissioner to Malawi said his government has not stopped proving Aid to Malawi as some people are thinking.
Mr. Hollingsworth disclosed that his government has only suspended general budgetary support to Malawi which is about 20 million pounds.
But what does it mean when he say British Government has increased Aid to Malawi to about 90 million pounds this year?
He spoke this in an interview in Rumphi when presented cheque to Rumphi based Bolero Women Briquette Making Project By My Village Organization Wednesday afternoon aimed at combating effects of climate change in the district.
On this, Mr. Hollingsworth said just like any other district in Malawi Rumphi has not been spared with effects of climate change and there is need to address these problems urgently.
Programme Director for the My Village Organization Mr. Peter Gondwe said with financial support from British Government there are indications that they will effectively mitigate effects of climate change in the districts.
In simple terms, Briquettes are cheap source of energy used for cooking and they are made from agricultural waste products like banana peels and leaves; by using this innovation there is hope that cases of deforestation would reduce in the district as people would stop using firewood and charcoal as source of energy for cooking. —Zodiak Online