Stirling hosts Malawian MP
Scottish Labour’s Dr Richard Simpson, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, played host to Malawian MP Mr Kaphamtengo Yona as part of a pairing scheme run with the Scottish Parliament. Dr Simpson chose to use his day to show him part of the constituency, sampling industry, local governance and culture.
The group met with Johann Boyd the leader of Stirling council, Mike Robbins Stirling Provost and Craig Miller, head of Dr Simpson’s parliamentary office at the council chambers, and discussed some of the challenges facing the council at the moment. As a member of the Malawian Finance Committee, moentary balance was of particular interest.
They went on to visit the McRobert Art’s Centre at Stirling Universty as an insight into both culture and entertainment in Scotland, but also a brief chance to view our Higher Education system.
Mr Yona is also a farmer in Malawi and visited Graham’s dairy which is now the seventh biggest Dairy in Scotland. The group were given a tour by owner, Mr Robert Graham senior and Mr Yona commented;
“I was impressed by the dairy, especially the production of gold top jersey milk. The high level of protein in jersey milk could be valuable in my country.”
Dr Simpson also briefed Mr Yoni on the work he is doing with a volunteer, Robin Anderson, promoting Intercare, a charity which collects unused but in date medicines handed in to GP surgeries. These valuable medicines are dispatched on specific orders from clinics in sub-Sahara Africa, instead of being incinerated. Both elected representatives hope the project could be expanded due to the great benefits it could have in countries where medication is not easily accessed.