The opposition Member of Parliament for Lilongwe Mpenu constituency, Makala Ngozo has taken a swipe at Department of Disaster Management Affairs for what he termed as ‘unequal distribution of relief items’ to people affected by floods that have rendered many Malawians homeless in the country.
Ngozo who represents the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the national assembly, made the accusation at a function when members of the National Organization of Nurses and Midwives (NONM) were donating relief items worth about K8 million to 58 families affected by ‘thunderstorms’ in the area of Traditional Authority Mazengera.
the legislator said it was sad that government has been channeling most of the relief items to southern region disregarding those in the central part of the country.
“We are neglected people here. We always see people from Nsanje and Chikwawa on the Television receiving donation but nothing of such relief items distribution exercise is done here. I am very grateful to NONM for being the only organization that has so far assisted people of my area,” he said.
NOMN Project Officer Harriet Chiomba said the organization decided to go with the relief items to the district after learning from the District Commissioner’s office that Mazengera area was also affected by the disaster.
Chiomba said nurses solicited the donations from Norwegian Nurses amounting to K5 million and Malawi nurses raised K3 million. The relief items included maize flour, cooking oil, sugar, beans, and clothes.
In his remarks Traditional Authority Mazengera commended NONM for the relief items which he said will help lessen people’s suffering in the area.
NONM has since reached 58 families in Mphalombe, 60 families in Chilomoni, Blantyre, 60 families in Mangochi, and 60 families at Khombedza in Salima district.