Japan assists Malawi with K74m for floods relief, says ambassador Ngwenya

Malawi’s top envoy to Japan Major General Reuben Ngwenya has disclosed that he has secured K74 million from the government of Japan meant for the victims of Malawi’s unprecedented floods that has left 176 people dead, hundreds of  people still missing and over 200,000 people displaced and in urgent need for assistance especially in most districts of the southern region.

Ngwenya with Japanese liason officer in the ministry of foreign office, Ms Hirose

Ngwenya with Japanese liason officer in the ministry of foreign office, Ms Hirose

“We sincerely share the deepest sympathy over the sad news on the devastating disasters. On our side we have been engaging the Japanese government and other partners and well wishers for assistance,” said Ngwenya.

“We are receiving very positive responses and pledges,” said the ambassador when pressed on what he is doing on his country’s hour of darkness following his proven track record of being pro-active in engaging different stakeholders in Japan to help Malawi in various ways.

Ngwenya disclosed that the Japanese government has swiftly moved in to provide an emergency disaster relief aid of K74 Million with about K1.2 billion Kwacha in the offing.

“Government of Japan has decided to provide K74 Million towards disasters relief in response to the request by the government of Malawi and the President’s declaration.

“This is for material items including 180 tents for family, 900 sleeping pads. 500 fleece blankets, 400 wool blankets and 40 plastic sheets,” in part reads a diplomatic memo from the Ambassador to Malawi’s secretary for Foreign affairs and international cooperation seen by Nyasa Times.

In this diplomatic memo dated 21st January, 2014, the ambassador further notified the Peter Mutharika administration that “Japan is also considering to provide additional K1.2 billion ($2.5 Million), after approval by Parliament to assist in procurement and distribution of food through the World Food Programme.”

In their diplomatic memo, the Japanese government said they “decided to provide emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view for the victims as well as in light of the friendly relationship between Japan and Republic of Malawi.”

Ambassador Ngwenya has been in the limelight for being proactive in engaging different stakeholders in Japan to help Malawi in various ways.

Last year, Ngwenya sourced a state of the art Fire Engine and also a 10,000 litre Water Bowser Vehicle for Mzuzu City Council, courtesy of Japanese Fire Fighters Association.

In 2013, Ngwenya also sourced six fire engines which were sent to the city councils of Blantyre and Lilongwe and on the health sector, Ngwenya also sourced 10 dialysis machines which were installed at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe in the same year.

The ambassador also made headlines in July last year following a deal he struck with a Japanese car exporter Company, Be Forward, to open an office in Malawi, a development he said will completely reduce forex burdens experienced by Malawians who purchase Vehicles online, as they will be transacting using local currency when the office is opened.

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21 thoughts on “Japan assists Malawi with K74m for floods relief, says ambassador Ngwenya”

  1. TSAKHO LIMENELO says:

    Thanks JPN but this money really will reach FLOOD VICTIMS i am unsure CASHGATE will take place again watch out

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thankz Japan government that money will help alot, iwe amene ukuti ndalama apeleka pang ‘ono iweyo wapeleka chani?

  3. kambwe says:

    kodi Ntaba wapempha zingati komwe uliko…wangoti ziii wakhuta eti….mpala wamela tsitsi pano ..nyani iwe..

  4. Isaac chagwa mzuzu says:

    That is abig problems of us Malawians.when one does well we stay quiet no compliments but when blunders it will invite more insults.where on earth shall we have blameless beings?

  5. max nsani says:

    £100,000 even less? Nawonso majapanese kuumira! So weekend shopping money ya Bolateri imeneyo? If they don’t want to give us money, let them come and repair bridges but K74m, hardly something to write home about. Japanese are prone to disasters and they know how expensive it us to deal with them. Apangazu ndiye mabodza.

  6. A MPINGO says:

    IF WE HAD TEN OR MORE PEOPLE LIKE MR NGWENYA WORKING FOR OUR COUNTRY REGARDLESS OF TRIBE ; RELIGION ; REGION OR WHATEVER WE MAY NAME IT / MALAWI CAN DEVELOP GREATLLY WITH GODS BLESSINGS

    MAY GOD BLESS MR NGWENYA AND THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN

  7. nkhedu says:

    Dziya mbassodor dzina dzangoti phwii anzao akuthamangathamanga

  8. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    what do tribalistic people say?

  9. Bob says:

    Well done Mr Ambassador

  10. che Zumba says:

    Ndiye Ngwenya ameneyo…kuzichekenela too much! akukonza kapasi!!!

    1. powder says:

      alesi inu, ntchito kufoketsa anzanu, mukhalira zomwezo. mnzanu akugwira ntchito kp it up!!!

    2. kanchenga. says:

      Don’t be stupid

  11. CMM says:

    We thank God

  12. CMM says:

    We thanx God

  13. Thanks to Japan…may you never lack.

  14. Ezekiel says:

    Keep it up mr ambassador

  15. Vehtekhu says:

    A friend in need!

  16. Mojamoja says:

    I plead with the people handling this cash to make sure that the money is indeed used for the intended purposes. Let each and every penny be accounted for. Let us be sorry for our fellow beloved Malawians who are facing this tragedy.

    May the souls of those who have died RIP!!

  17. A MPINGO says:

    A PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL !!!

    GOD BLESS YOU AND THE PPLE OF JAPAN !!!

  18. Rev Dr. and Mrs Zeze says:

    The envoy is very patriotic, developmental and active. He is fit.. We highly congratulate you, Mr and Mrs Ngwenya. You are the eyes, ears, mouth, hands, legs of Malawi and breath of the country. Well-done. May the Lord bless and keep you.

  19. Another thought says:

    As a Malawian national resident in Japan, we are grateful to the people and Government of Japan for the timely intervention in our time of need. This assistance will go a long way easing the suffering of people affected by floods and it will strengthen and deepen the relationship between the two countries.

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