Former Malawi First Lady Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri has appealed to authorities tasked to distribute relief items to flood victims to exercise impartiality to ensure that only deserving persons get the support.
Dzimbiri who serves as Balaka West Parliamentarian said this on Sunday February 1, 2014 at a ceremony hosted by Victory Outreach Ministry (VOM) where it donated assorted items to the elderly, orphans and people with physical challenges.
“This is not time for people to take advantage of the situation [floods] we are going through as a country by diverting the donations to wrong people. We don’t want people who have not been affected to be included on the list of those affected,” said Dzimbiri referring to various donations made for people who have been hit by flash floods.
The former first lady has since asked the Balaka District Council Office to compile figures of all the people affected by the floods so that well wishers can come in and help.
“I was having a word with officials from World Vision to consider helping people who have been affected in Balaka but I was asked to produce the actual figures of those affected for proper planning therefore let me take this opportunity to ask the DC’s [Balaka] office compile the figures” she said.
“There are other organizations like Concern who have also shown interest to help,” she added.
Dzimbiri also donated 50 plastic buckets.
She appealed to other well wishers to emulate VOM’s kind gestures.
Evangelist White Matthews Phiri who heads VOM said the donation was made to fulfill what they preach.
“We have reached these people because it is part of our ministry and this is what Jesus used to do apart from preaching, we need to give out” Phiri told Nyasa Times.
According to Phiri, all the money used to purchase the items that included blankets, clothes and maize flour was sourced through contributions from church members.
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