It’s not always that one must be physically in a location to learn and talk, with near authority and strongly, about social illsand crimes committed by individuals and groups alike.
Be they religious, public or private sector.
The floods in Lower Shire have been devastating and fatalities have been registered. In one instance, an entire village near where Luwo joins the Shire river, was washed away save for the village chief who was out responding to some extra conjugal rights upland.
Whether he now prays to God ‘polygamy’ for his sparing his life is another subject for another day for moralists.
Many people died. Many lost their beloved relatives and friends. They lost livestock en masse. Thay lost homes, pots, clothes, foodstuffs – they lost all the property thay had.
Many are displaced, hungry, naked, diseased, and phychologically wounded, spiritually lost, and physically crushed, etc, as we speak today.
And that is why government led in the declaring the situation a disaster in the 17 affected districts.
In response, millions have been donated to help those affected. The government Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) did all it can until, inexplicably, in just a week had all its relief financial resources depleted.
Faith groups, individuals, private sector, brother and sister nations, foreign groups, donor partners have all come in to assist, realising billions for only the Lower Shire intervention.
And we all know there are also Salima, Karonga, Lilongwe. Kasungu, Mzimba, Thyolo and many places that equally deserve all our support efforts.
As we start to move from the handouts mode to relocation phase, its heart breaking that despite all tthis collective effort, many relief works especially in government are busy taking advantage of the situation to enrich themselves.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have Shiregate at hand, where:
- Aid workers are pocketing donated relief cash to personal use. One woman had a young man arrested in Area 47. She asked him to help out with something in her car as she walked into a shop. Only return, she screamed the young man had stolen her K700,000 from her DoDMA office which was in the car.
The young pool playing innocent boy was arrested as she proceeded to enjoy the relief money.
- Almost all aid workers seive through the material relief items, picking out the best clothes, food items, etc, and taking them home to their families – leaving the ‘unfit’ for consumption of the victims.
As government slowly drills its blunt arrests mechanism in the main unflinching Cashgate case, it will be more important to unleash its crime prevention, crime investigation, and crime prosecution machinery to stop Shiregate right in its infancy.
Sadly, even crime handling officials and authorities are part and parcel of this unfortunate and inhumane, immoral, profiteering.
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