By Meclina Chirwa
The Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change has bashed the executive arm of government for not prioritizing water, hygiene and sanitation at a time when such services are critical in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chairperson of the committee Werani Chilenga said this as Malawi and the rest of the world is commemorating World Water Day.
In an interview with Timveni , Chilenga said, "It is very unfortunate that reaching this far the country’s more than 5 Million people are cut off from clean water with rural areas bearing the heavy burden."
Chilenga said there is need to allocate more resources towards water, hygiene and sanitation if the country is to achieve Sustainable Development Goal number six which targets safe water for all by 2030.
Earlier, Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo said, "Medium term plans are to increase drilling of boreholes as well as connecting communities with piped water in the long run in a quest to increase access to clean water."
This year’s World Water Day theme is about what water means to people and its true value.
According to the United Nations about 2 billion people worldwide have no access to safe water.