December 13, 2016 by Staff Reporter
Government has commended Mchinji Businessman and Philanthropist Simbi Ashan Phiri for personally funding construction of a new Kamwendo Police Unit in Mchinji at an estimated cost of K85 Million.
Speaking when he received the facility on behalf government on Monday, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Grace Chiumia, commended the South African based businessman for the donation, saying it would ease challenges faced by the police in the district.
“Simbi Phiri has shown that he has a giving heart hence the donation to the community, We appreciate the good relationship you have with the government, This is a good gesture, and patriotism at its best,” She said.
Besides the Police unit, Phiri also donated furniture, a vehicle (a Ford ranger) and five motorcycles to ease mobility among police officers in their law enforcing duties.
Senior Chief Mkanda commended Phiri for his contribution to development projects in Mchinji.
“What you are doing for the people of Mchinji is of huge significance. Not long ago you also handed over Tembwe Health centre to the people of Mchinji. You are a real son of the land,” said Mkanda in reference to the K200 Million health facility which Simbi also renovated and handed over to government last month.
Taking his turn, Inspector General of Police, Lexter Kachama, said the new offices will enable police staff at Kamwendo have a decent place to operate from.
“What we have witnessed today is the best definition of a good working relationship between police and citizens.
“The battle against crime cannot be won by police alone, it requires community involvement. We at Malawi police Service do not take this gesture by Simbi Phiri for granted,” He said.
Speaking in an interview after the handover ceremony Simbi Ashan Phiri who is chairperson of Khato Holdings, a Civil Engineering Company based in South Africa said he funded the construction of the police Unit after noting the poor state it was in.
Simbi Phiri also rejected rumours that he gives back to the community because he is eyeing a political seat.
“I do my businesses in South Africa and Botswana and I am successful there, I have heard the rumours that I want to join politics but this is not true,” He said, adding he interacts with all political parties in the country and his donations are non-partisan.
Apart from the construction of the new office block which will be used as Victim support Unit, Phiri also renovated the old Kamwendo Police unit.
The prominent businessman also donated a borehole at Mchinji Police Station worth MK6 Million.