Written by Enock Balakasi
Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) Director General Godfrey Itaye says Mauni Telecenter at Mponela in Dowa Central constituency will make people begin to access any information they want to know what is happening around them.
Itaye made the remarks on Tuesday when he presided over the handover ceremony of a telecentre at Mauni in Dowa.
The telecentre will provide internet, information and communication technology training and other secretarial services.
According to Itaye, Malawi’s uptake of ICT is very low as compared to many other countries.
The Telecenter has 10 computers, chairs, printer and photocopier which means people will now access internet, type, print and photocopy their documents.
It is among the structures MACRA is putting up in Malawi’s 193 constituencies in a project which seeks to bring ICT services to rural communities for the development of the country.
“It is everyones responsibility to guard against individuals with ill thoughts who would want to steal from the telecentre, this development is for everyone, and therefore no one should damage any property in the telecentre,” he said.
Itaye added that it is the community’s responsibility to look after the facility so that it continues to serve them sustainably.
“The list is endless of how the use of internet, will help farming activities, educational purposes and business activities,” he said.
In his remarks, Group Village Headman Khwema and one beneficiary Christopher Mbang’ombe committed themselves to implementing Itaye’s plea.
“Establishment of Constituency telecentres is said yo be one way of helping the youth to develop their technological skills, and it is our hope that the telecentres will be embraced and be used for their intended purpose,” said Mbang’ombe.
The earlier arrangements was that, that Telecenter was supposed to be opened by President Peter Mutharika, which raised high expectations among people there but was canceled last minute.
The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) is expected to open 30 telecentres in different constituencies across the country.