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Chakwera preaches self discipline

By Fostina Mkandawire

Salima, Mana: President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has singled out lack of self-discipline as the greatest challenge the country is facing amongst its citizens.

The President, who is Commander-in-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF), made the remarks on Saturday in Salima at the Malawi Defence Force Command and Staff Course Graduation where he presided over the inaugural graduation of 20 senior officers who underwent studies for a post-graduate diploma in strategic studies.

Chakwera said self discipline is a matter of life and death because it is vital in the management of hospitals, food reserves, water and the enjoyment of rights and freedoms.

“It is every Malawian’s task to turn self-discipline into a national contagion emulating our Malawi Defence Force who exhibit high sense of self-discipline,” he said.

Chakwera (Front Row C) poses for a group photo with the graduates Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

He then commended the Malawi Defence Force for being a good example of an institution exhibiting self-discipline in the country.

At this point, Chakwera called upon everyone to cultivate the spirit of self-discipline, which he said has contributed to the development of great nations in the world.

According to the President, self-discipline is an important human resource that the nation desperately needs more than any development.

The 20 officers just graduated were trained at the newly established Malawi Defence Force Command and Staff College in the district.

Chakwera awards an officer a degree as former President Dr. Joyce Banda (R) looks on Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

The college collaborated with Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in the provision of technical support in curriculum development for the course in strategic studies among other things.

In relation to the graduation, Chakwera noted that the MDF has not had a training institution since independence; therefore, he said the new training institution was worth celebrating and a remarkable achievement for the country.

“Despite this dream facing so many challenges such as financial, lack of staff training, library and proper infrastructure, today we are witnessing the first of its kind graduation which shows commitment to enhancing development,” he said.

He said the one-year training the senior officers underwent tested and expanded their resilience and patience.

Chakwera, therefore, called upon the graduands to put the knowledge they have gained into good use by showing great service, ethical standards and professionalism to the country.

Chakwera makes keynote address at the Senior Command and Staff Course Graduation in Salima Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

He said the government’s commitment to improving living standards of officers remains intact.

“We guarantee support to the MDF. This administration will continue giving the support and resources needed to achieve the vision of having a suitable trained military force.

In her remarks, Vice-Chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Address Malata, said they went into a partnership with the MDF to provide technical assistance to develop a one-of-its- kind course in Malawi whose mandate is to improve the security of the country.

She commended MDF for realising that security is dynamic and sophisticated, therefore, needs to be tailored to suit regional aspirations for advancing securing programmes.

“We are realising that there is more we can do to realise our plans and aspirations, we intend to advance this programme road into a Masters Degree Programme,” she said.

She said a curriculum has already been developed by MUST to roll out the programme to Masters Degree.

Malata, however, bemoaned low representation of female officers into the inaugural programme. She, therefore, encouraged women officers to enroll for the second cohort.

Army Commander, General Vincent Nundwe said before the establishment of the college, officers were being trained abroad which was not cost-effective.

He said the officers were being trained with course outlines which were not in line with the country’s security needs.

“We want to be an epitome of academic excellence offering high standard courses that suit the needs of the country and the 21st century security challenges,” he said.

He said the course’s curriculum was tailored to provide military tactics that are in line with national security.

He, however, called for more assistance to ensure that the institution is fully operational because it lacks a number of things such as an auditorium and teaching equipment.

The college was established in 2021 and graduands underwent intensive training in defense, writing, land operation, Special Forces operations, military aid to civil authorities and logistics management among others.

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