MPs Hail Pacific Borehole Rehabilitation Initiative
Some members of parliament have hailed a free borehole rehabilitation initiative being undertaken by the Pacific Limited across the country, saying it is helping in reducing a burden for the provision of access to clean and potable water in their areas.
MP for Balaka South Irene Mambala whose area the pacific team has fixed 47 boreholes said the gesture by the Pacific group of companies team cannot be under estimated as it is being done at free of cost.
"Honestly, I am really speechless with what has been done in my area. The challenges of walking long distances in accessing the clean and potable water as well as drinking unsafe water is now a thing of the past for the people in my area, thanks to the pacific team", said Mandala.
Her counterpart for Chikwawa west constituency where close to 100 boreholes are expected to be repaired by next week, Susan Dossi expressed shock at a faster pace the pacific team has employed in fixing about 95 boreholes in just over a month in her area.
“When they came in my area they could not waste time but went straight into work. They wake up and are out at 6 am and return at sunset. They are able to fix 3 boreholes in a day while they are teaching and transferring the skills to the locals at the same time. It is really the best way of fulfilling its corporate social responsibility on the part of the company”, said Dossi
Parliamentarian for Chiradzulu west, Mathews Ngwale whose area is next on the list to benefit from the initiative said he equally anticipates the water woes in the area to be a thing of the past once the pacific team repairs the broken boreholes in his area.
Members of parliament are required to use about ten percent of their Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for borehole maintenance but the parliamentarians have been arguing that the amount is two little to renovate a substantive number of faulty boreholes.
Since 2015 when the pacific limited launched its borehole rehabilitation initiative, it has so far renovated about 7000 boreholes in about 90 constituencies across the country saving the vulnerable Malawian population a trillion hours spent in search of clean water.