By Chisomo Phiri
The Malawi Government through the Ministry of Water and Sanitation has called on for more action in improving water and sanitation services to ensure that the country meets its national, regional and international goals on access to water and sanitation services.
Speaking at the official opening of a two-day 2023 National Water Conference in Lilongwe last week,Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation Liana Kakhobwe said access to water and sanitation services remains key in all government programs that will drive the country into prosperity.
“Water is a catalyst to economic development. It is key to achieving our development goals. This is why our ministry is calling for more collaboration and partnership among all stakeholders in the sector,” said Kakhobwe.
She added :”The theme for this conference; ‘be the change towards improved water and sanitation for all’ resonates well with our objectives and plans as government in ensuring that we change the way we do things to ensure that all people have access to water and sanitation services as enlisted in the Malawi 2063 agenda.”
On his part, Chairperson for Water Services Association of Malawi (WASAMA) Governing Council, Robert Hanjahanja, emphasized the need for collective efforts to ensure that all people have access to water and sanitation services.
“Let me implore upon all Malawians to be change makers because together we can build a future where all Malawians have access to clean water and sanitation services,” said Hanjahanja.
In Malawi, statistics indicate that at least 7 million people lack access to basic clean water.