Govt splashes out K20m in ‘compensation’ to North Malawi vendors: Nankhumwa attends burial ceremony of lightning victims

Cash strapped government, which is failing to provide food for patients in public hospitals, has splashed out K20 million to vendors whose wares were gutted down by fire in two markets in Mzimba.

Nankhumwa at the funeral

Nankhumwa at the funeral

Nakhumwa talking to TA Simphasi outside the chief's house

Nakhumwa talking to TA Simphasi outside the chief’s house

Over 200 vendors from Mzuzu market smiled all the way to the bank with a K7.2 million whilst 435 vendors at Matabwa market in Mzimba received K13.5 million.

However some of the recipients whilst applauding the government for the ‘compensation,’ asked for the Peter Mutharika administration to consider in future help the vendors secure loans from financial institutions instead of the one off financial handout.

Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa pledged the government would construct fire proof markets to avert market fires.

Meanwhile, Nankhumwa on Tuesday attended the burial ceremony of four of the five people who died together when they were struck by lightning in Dowa.

The five were struck by lightning when they sought shelter at a house during torrential rains.

Nankhumwa delivered a message of condolence to the bereaved families, saying the president was shocked to hear of the death. Four of the five who died were from the same family.

This brings the number of those who have died so far due to lightning since the onset of the rains to 10.

Two people, a father and a son died instantly in Dedza when they were struck by lightning when they were to their garden for farming.

Government provided coffins for the deceased in Dowa and also K100000 cash.

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7 thoughts on “Govt splashes out K20m in ‘compensation’ to North Malawi vendors: Nankhumwa attends burial ceremony of lightning victims”

  1. J Tee says:

    If we divide the money equally,then Mzimba vendors will each get k36,000 whilst Mzzu vendors will get k32,000. So smile all the way to the bank

  2. Wina Mpoto says:

    7 million for four hundred people. How much is each going to get from that. This is an insult to the people of mzuzu.

  3. Hens master says:

    Yes that is the house of the chief

  4. Mapwiya says:

    RIP… When did government become father Christmas? Why dishing out K20million to vendors? If anything the government could have offered them loans, after all “awotchanso alandire ndalama zina ” this has been a trend.

    Please (government) investigate these suspicious fires otherwise as a country we are yet to pay for other people’s negligence and criminality at a time when we are experiencing the worst kind of load shedding in the history of Malawi imagine 12 -20 hrs without electricity, hospital have no drugs and foodstuff just to mention a few.
    How do we expect our economy to grow and let alone attract foreign investors?

    Ndiye mukuti cheque anakapeleka ndani? Kodi iwowo ndi a Social Welfare Officer kapena ndi a Disaster and Relief? Ndale pa Malawi why politicizing this unfortunate incident. Remember this is tax payers’ money. We are suffering.

  5. Nabanda says:

    Owen!! Ukuyidabwa nyumbayo? Amfumu akwathu amagona ya udzu

  6. owen says:

    is that the house of the chief?

  7. UNKNOWN says:

    Well done my minister and thanks to the Lord of heaven and earth.

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