By Luciano Milala
A 27 years old Mchinji boy popularly known as Nsima cooker innovator has once again broken another record after innovating un equipment known as black wing which will easy water scarcity among Malawians especially those in rural areas.
A local Malawian from Mchinji, Zack Mwale has developed a black wing which is equipment that is used in drawing water. Zack Mwale partnered with an American man, Mike Dits who, who had previously heard a and wished to know how he manage to develop the Nsima Cooker.
According to Mike Dits he also heard about a Malawian man who developed an equipment which produces energy from the wind in Kasungu.“I heard about the man who develops wind energy so I was excited to know that lot of young people in Malawi are innovators so I came here to learn what prompted them to come up with new technologies in addressing challenges affecting people in the country,” Mike Dits said.
On black wing, Mike Dits said, “after noticing that people in the country are facing a lot of challenges in accessing clean water and that some people are drinking feces in the capital city of Lilongwe it pained me and I asked Zack Mwale to develop a means of easing water challenges, hence he developed black wing.” “ If you heard about area 18 story you can believe me that people in the country are not drinking safe water , so with Black Wing these people can now start drinking safe water as it is cheap”, Mike Dits said.
About 30 families in Eliza Village are now drinking safe water as the water is well treated for people in the area to drink.
A 54 years old woman who has benefited from the black wing commended Zack Mwale and Mike Dits for developing black wing by saying they have been relieved from water challenges the area has faced for many years. “Let me tell you we were drinking water where dogs also swim and our lives were in danger and we were continuously suffering from diarrhea”, Patricia Misewu narrated.
During dry season women were walking a distance of 10 kilometer to fetch for water , a development which also put their families at risk as some men were thinking they were going for sexual activities with other men. Village headman Eliza of traditional authority Mlonyeni in Mchinji said Black Wing is a milestone to water challenges that people in his areas where facing.
Village Headman Eliza, “as you have seen there is no single bole hole in my area and my subjects were facing more problems to fetch for good water instead they were drawing water where animals also drink so with the black wing we will be able to drink safe water”.
Vg Eliza added that, “I was registering a lot of cases of marriage divorce whereby men were accusing their wives of sexual affairs with other men because they were thinking walking long”. Apart from easing water challenges Zack Mwale said he will also create more jobs as many young people will be doing these across the country where water is a big challenge.
“As you have seen, for this project to be completed needs a lot of people to help , so I will employ a lot of young people to help me as I have done with Mike Dits so at the end these young people will get something for their families”, Zack Mwale said.
Zack Mwale said, “I will also train a lot of youth to do the project in their areas so they will earn something at the end of it that will help to complement government effort to end employment challenges in the country”.
Zack Mwale in 2009 developed an automatic door which people can use a phone to unlock or to lock their houses. In 2015 he developed a Nsima cooker which also uses phone to cook African favorite food ( Nsima ) and now he has developed Black Wing which people can use in drawing water.