Chakwera visits flooded Chikwawa: Malawi opposition chief cautions against ‘aid–gate’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and leader of opposition in parliament,  Lazarous Chakwera toured the devastated villages of flood-ravaged Chikwawa district in the southern region on Sunday.

Chakwera visiting camps

Chakwera visiting camps

People loading maize donated by Chakwera

People offloading maize donated by Chakwera

Chakwera addresses flood victims

Chakwera addresses flood victims

Chakwera, accompanied by MCP officials, toured several places and rescue camps including Thabwa in the area of Traditional Authority  Mlilima and the Sekani villages around Nchalo.

All these areas were heavily affected by the floods and the affected people are in need of help in form of shelter, food and health services.

Chakwera said the majority of victims were “really vulnerable people”.

He thanked aid agencies, international donors and Malawian groups for the “tremendous work” they have down in rescue operation, emergency aid and humanitarian support.

Chakwera said  that the nation should  continue showing  “love and solidarity” to the victims as rescue and rebuilding process may take even longer.

“I really feel sorry for individuals who have lost their loved ones and  my heartfelt condolences to their families,” said Chakwera.

He continued: “I feel very sympathetic towards the families and old people forced out of their homes. We have got to  help for them to rebuild their lives.”

Chakwera  advised all those involved in helping the victims not to take advantage of the situation to enrich themselves with humanitarian  aid.

He said the flood had caused “devastation, lives wrecked, families ruined, and a lot of heartache”.

Chakwera then  donated food which  included 50 bags of maize while urging everyone to help the victims/

Christian Aid’s Malawi Country Manager, MacDuff Phiri, described the floods as “catastrophic”. He said: “The impact has been huge. The majority of people here live on less than US$1 a day, and everything they own has been washed away. It means they need to rebuild their lives, which isn’t going to be easy. Some people might be able to recover completely; others will not be able to do so. As a result, poverty levels will deepen in some areas.”

He continued: “Countries like Malawi are very susceptible to malaria. Lots of rain means more mosquitoes breeding, and more mosquitos breeding means more malaria. There is also a risk of water-borne diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea, which could kill more people than the floods themselves. That’s why one priority for Christian Aid is to distribute insecticide-treated nets and water treatment supplies to enable people to collect safe water.”

Malawi is among the world’s poorest countries and one of the most densely populated in Africa. It depends largely on agriculture, which accounts for more than a third of its GDP. However, the majority of households in the affected districts lost their food reserves in the floods.

An estimated 7,000 hectares of crops in Chikwawa and a further 8,000 hectares in Nsanje were completely destroyed.

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55 thoughts on “Chakwera visits flooded Chikwawa: Malawi opposition chief cautions against ‘aid–gate’”

  1. KANGAANJOBVU says:

    MALAWI= chichewa
    KWACHA = chichewanso
    simau a Chitumbuka,Chilomwe,
    Chichawa pena chingoni ichi ndi
    Chichewa.Wene wake a Malawi
    ndo Chewa kaya wina afuna kaya
    safuna akakolowole diso la
    Udzu-udzu ku Chikwawa ko.
    Ochewa ! Ochewa ! mkulikita!

  2. The Citizen says:

    People from the Southern Region please stop making insinuating and tribalistic remarks about people from the Central Region. If you are a Lomwe or Yao, shame on you. The Chewas are the owners of this country and have to be respected as such. Mind you, we employ a lot of your children and if this continues then your children will be dealt with.

  3. Sharktus Nangwale says:

    50 bags = 50 votes for Chakwera…Choncho abusa mungawine????

    1. Shimwitwa says:

      His much off better because its coming from his heart and his pocket. don’t be object over trivial issues. Be focused

    2. Rambos says:

      We chewa we r UP here, u lomwes n yaos r dwn ther in south. Make ur own country if u cn ignorant stupid fools

  4. kwabaniso says:

    Tsono suit (kapena sutu) wavala chitsiruchi nde kuti chiani? Ndipo 50 bags yokha ndekuti chiani? utenge ukapatse mako povina NYAU. 50 bags = K200, 000.00 yokha basi pomwe kumaliro amfiti mzako Tembo unapereka K1, 600, 000.00.

    Atumbuka akapereka madonation kwao ku Karonga akudikirira chindindindi ndi namondwe akagwa, nkani ali zii. anyani aanthu zedi.

    1. Rambos says:

      Malawi blong to chewa ppl like it or nt we own mw. Big dance is our tradition. U haters are fools, dogs wher r ur children wrkng plz stop behavng like evil agents

  5. Wakulu Wapakati says:

    Kodi atumbuka ntchito yawo ndikupanga mademo basi? Bwanji sakuthandiza nawo, koma akanati demostration ndiye bwenzi tikumva mayina awa : Mtambo,mwendelire, Gondwe, Kalua, Nyirenda, Mithi, Mkandawire, Thawi, Longwe,,Mwakikunga, Nyondo, Chirwa, mhango

  6. apao says:

    Yona anakanisisa kupita Ku ninive, Dr R C yona. Mbava iyi

  7. wayaman says:

    akanakhala APM anthu akanafunsa kuti bwanji wavala suit…..koma uyu ndi man of God so we can question his suit wearing…..this is normal…

  8. Koma anthu ena nzitsiru kwambiri,we are busy with ppl in need of shelter,food clothing etc,iwowo ali busy with things which are not even related to the issue on the table which shows ignorance.Chakwera drew his own money to buy those things but some are talking about ruling the country is there any combination???If you were born with stupid ideas of tribalism you will die stupid.The country is facing problems jst bcz you ppl with such ideas bcz you know nothing.Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world & densely populated too just bcz of ppl with stupid ideas bcz you dont have good citizenry characters.If most ppl were like Chakwera Malawi could be very far interms of development and a better place to live in.But unfortunately 90% of ppl are not contributive hence forcing the 10% to contribute for the benefit of a bigger number.(ppl without vision).

  9. zayakunkhongo says:

    Nkhani zandale kupwetesa mutu!

  10. YAKASHATA says:

    STUPID YOU THE LAST COMMENTATOR, DIN’T APM GO TO MAULA PRIZON TO DONATE MAIZE WHEN HE WAS IN OPPOSITION ? IF PEOPLE FROM THE CENTRAL REGION KEEP ON BEING SELFISH BY PRAISING CHAKWELA AND SPEAK BAD OF APM, YOU WILL NEVER RULE THIS COUNTRY.

  11. Bwan'noni says:

    A j. Manda kale ngati mukunena boma la amai(JB)amatengela zomwe Chitsilu Cha Njanji chimachita icho ndie chinkakaniza ndi misonkhano yomwe ngati mukuyesa ndikunama mumufunse Atupele kuti kodi anailawa ndende chifukwa Chani. Ndipo zitangonveka kuti Daniel Phiri wamwalila Atupele amakonza phwando. Pano ndimamunvetsa Atupele lelo siuyu ndi nduna.

  12. K kkkkk…. sizinantole, kutereku mukachita chanzeru ndiko kutsutsa. Its indeed great 2 spend tym & resources on someone u dont know. Bwanji mbwelera?

  13. Lucky Julius says:

    Chakwera is a matured leader.In our country we have never seen opposition leaders assisting govt as he is doing.Well done man of GOD keep it up!

  14. mlomwe wa mzeru says:

    chakwera shall never walk to state house as apresident of malawi wait for the southners to rule or the easterners

  15. mlomwe wa mzeru says:

    chakwera is bravo with 50bgs if you take 50x50kg=2500kg then divide by five thousand victims how many kgs can each get? is shame to you

  16. Hebrews says:

    Ndiye apa Chakwera wabvala chani? President wadziko atabvala suit koyendera anthu ngati womwewa munayankhula zambiri! Nanga apa mukuti bwa?

  17. Chakwera ndi mbuzi akuganiza chimanga anthu akagaisa kuti? Magetsi kulibe. Akanabweretsa ufa.

  18. mwamwitu says:

    United we stand divided we fall this is the way how leaders should behave. Komabe Mpaka suit like it was a preaching ceremony??????

  19. simi26 says:

    Malawi is not a densely populated, or even one of those populated countries.you go and go a population calcilations again.mind you really know all about your monopoly to this country.my message to those other political leaders, religious leaders, the social activists, the media controlers, the political and religious propagandists, dont take an advantage of this floods challenges the people are facing in districts afected, to contaminate the water they will be drinking or even the mosquito net they will be using for your own worldly gain.any suspected trial of it shall have its own yields.

  20. Zansete says:

    Koma Chakwela ngati akukhudzidwa chonchi Ali L O opposition kuli bwanji akadzatenga utsogoleli?

  21. che baluti says:

    Great? Timatumba 50 ? Wasowa chonena chani?

  22. BINTO BANDA says:

    UWU NDIUMUNTHU OSATI NDALE

  23. maziko says:

    Doing things out of real love

  24. Pita Munthalikha says:

    koma koona ma floods mpakana tie

  25. Titha migili says:

    A MALAWI !!!!! No need to praise sing anyone here kaya PP…MCP..DPP! It is a state and each and every individuals responsibility in malawi to assist in such situations…chamba basi…everywhere politics

  26. Benson Njiwa says:

    Chakwera is the president in waiting indeed,he is giving from the little he has

  27. mmihavani says:

    Ifenso tapereka nawo ndalama but we do not publicise. Chakwera knows well that the Holy Bible that he believes in says that don’t let what your right hand gives to be known by your left hand. What it means is that do not publicise your charitable deeds for the sake of achieving something say political mileage.

  28. THANKS MR. PRESIDENT OF MCP AND MANY THANKS TOO TO MCP, CARRY ON, GOD BLESS.

  29. Che Liphevele. says:

    Chakwera,….a Great Man;….fit to be President of this country.
    ~BRAVO MCP~

  30. Mccarthy says:

    God bless you Chakwera and Many years to come, one day you will be Malawi President;

  31. Chicken says:

    CHAKWERA DOES NOT CARE ABOUT PEOPLE FROM THE SOUTH …… must have been reminded by his publicity person to go and visit……

  32. Tiyanjane says:

    Dept of Disaster Management last weet requested donors to please give ufa and NOT maize. This is because, the beneficaries cannot easily process the maize into ufa. Actually, this is simple reasoning that does not require instructions. Nanunso ma advisor a a tsogoleri simuchita follow developments on this and other current affairs.

  33. Alungwana says:

    Thanks Dr Laz. Ndinu abwana. United we stand!

  34. Kenkkk says:

    Good and cautious warning on aidgate as evil people are always ready to take advantage of disasters to enrich themselves!!! Selfish thugs!!! Be warned!!!

  35. J. Manda says:

    Bravo DPP goberment for allowing everyone to donate to flood victims.
    Kale lija paja inu anakukanizani kupereka 300 bags cimanga ku prison komanso atupele muluzi anamukaniza kupereka ndalama kucipatala.
    Inu mumalola ngakhale wosauka kupanga madonations. Zaithwa bwana APM.
    Liri kale lija nthawi ya abiti bwezi enawa atauzidwa kuti asayendenso kukapepesa anthu okhunzidwa ndima floods kkkkkkk.

    1. yonayona says:

      Love this one! viva APM!
      thats a spirit of a leader’ every one shuld take part!

  36. mary says:

    Bravo Chakwela!

  37. mtichimwitsa says:

    He is not using government what more if he can be in government? He is fit to rule this country

    1. yonayona says:

      He will never taste the gudness of the state house!
      How on earth munthu ukasiye mpingo kukayamba ndale expecting to sucd’
      he will live wth his force hope until he gives up! Mulungu sizocheza abwana!

    2. Abiti Mtila says:

      Inetu ameneyi sindinganuvotere chifukwa cha chipani chakecho. Atangosiya MCP mkuyambiya chake mavoti onse mdziko muno ake

  38. sizinantole says:

    Iwe ganimuthu what do you mean chakwera us great? Jusy visiting flooded district of chikhwawa? Inu mudapusa ati….there is nothing great

    1. Greencardless Malawian says:

      Negative ppl like you do not deserve anything…look at the negativity in your name..hahaha

  39. Elhapo says:

    He was in a suit?

  40. mchewsa wa ku liongwe says:

    bravo Dr Chakwera you are inndeed the president of all tribals in malawi

    1. yonayona says:

      Dont miss lead us’ APM is the one! Chakwera mkulu otsutsa basi’
      take it or leave it’ but thats a fact.

  41. Thanx 2 Chakwera, he iz unique. God bless Chakwera ,victims & Malawi.

    1. yonayona says:

      Hahahaaa’ blessings from where? Ukunamatu iwe!
      Mulungu akadalitse munthu oti adathawa bayibulo!

  42. opportunist says:

    That’s my president

    1. yonayona says:

      Uhuhuuuuu’ lekani kulota!
      He will never rule ths country!
      Munthu adathawa mutchalitchi uyu! ndipo YEHOVA adakwiya naye.

  43. INU Lalirani says:

    Malawi is not densely populated. Who did the maths! just U.N agenda to create tense in us. No wonder thru de HAARP technology U.S is able create tsunamis, fires, volcanoes, hurricanes, even floods and these rampant earth tremors, in their agenda of depopulating Africa and other poor nations! the world is coming to an end, be ready for Jesus! Thats my message of love

  44. ganimunthu says:

    This man is great indeed. You are the best. Enawo akipitako chofikwa akulamula.

    1. yonayona says:

      Where is greatness here?
      Hahahaaaa! why cant we say dyela’ kusiya kachisi kukayamba zachikunja? had it bn he went there whilest still serving a church better! but ths is jst a political gimc’

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