|President Rupiah Banda|
The President arrived at Chipata airport at 17:15 hours and was accompanied by Tourism Minister Catherine Namugala and Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Dickson Jere and other Government officials.
On arrival, President Banda was received by Eastern Province Minister Isaac Banda, MMD Provincial Chairperson Kennedy Zulu and several other government and party officials.
A tight schedule on the launch of the Strategic Plan lies ahead President Banda who will be guest of honor at the event.
The Mfumbeni Strategic Plan is a five- year development plan initiated by Senior Chief Nzamane of the Ngoni speaking people of Chipata district.
The Plan has been sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is aimed at promoting all sectors of development in the area.
Mfumbeni Strategic Plan Chairperson, Festus Ndhlovu said that the Plan would also seek to explore possible solutions to problems affecting villagers in the area.
This is in line with Governments Decentralization Policy where development starts at grassroots level, Mr. Ndhlovu said.
He further stated that the Plan would equally ensure that all developmental projects were well coordinated in accordance with the needs of the people