Barely few days after the Japanese government released an emergency aid of K74 million to the government of Malawi meant to help alleviate the suffering of the flood victims.
Malawi Ambassador to Japan Major General Reuben Ngwenya is still proving that he actively engages different stakeholders to assist Malawi as the Mayor of the City of Minato, Masaaki Takei and the Chairman of the City’s Assembly, Nobuhiro Izutsu have donated K3.3 million (Yen 800,000) and K415,000 ( Yen 100,000) respectively towards assisting the flood victims.
Minato City is within Tokyo where the Malawian Embassy is located.
“This donation is in response to the plea that the Embassy made to Minato City to assist in cash or in kind to alleviate the suffering of the disaster victims,” reads in part the ambassadors diplomatic memo dated 27th January, 2015 notifying Lilongwe of the development, adding that “the funds have been transferred into the Disaster Management Account FDH Bank 8600000018078 as per attached invoice.”
Commenting after making the donation, the Mayor and Chairperson of Minato City Assembly said that they decided to assist Malawi because with their experience, their country (Japan) usually experiences several disasters like earthquakes and cyclones which their City always work to manage; and they therefore felt the need to assist swiftly after hearing of the same problem in Malawi.
On his part, Ambassador Ngwenya thanked the people of Japan for rendering a helping hand to Malawi to recover from the shock of her devastating disaster.
“I wish to assure my fellow Malawians that Japan is very supportive and that there is more aid coming to Malawi,” said Ngwenya while describing the Japanese people as “very friendly and most caring people too.”
The ambassador also disclosed that he is being inspired by Malawi president Peter Mutharika to do whatever he can manage to do in his capacity as the country’s representative in Japan to compliment his administration’s efforts in containing this unfortunate situation.
“I have been following news in Malawi and noted that the President His Excellency Arthur Peter Mutharika has been visiting several places affected by disasters.
“He is very caring and concerned, looking for all possible relief to the Malawian citizenry,” said Ngwenya.
On this, the ambassador said that “It is through this gesture, that I have gone extra mile to join the President and support his efforts.”
Malawi experienced heavy rains which continued for two weeks from the beginning of January this year and caused devastating floods that engulfed most districts in the southern part of Malawi leaving dozens of people dead, hundreds of people still missing and over 200, 000 people displaced and in urgent need for assistance.
It is against this background that the Malawi leader, Peter Mutharika declared 10 of the country’s 28 districts ‘disaster areas’ and appealed to the international community and non-governmental organizations to assist the flood victims.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :