Telecomms operators donates K20.5 m for disaster response

Association of Telecommunications Operators (ATOL) has donated K20.5 million to the Department of Disaster Management and Affairs in response to reaching out and helping out people and communities affected by floods and hailstorms in the country.

Chiunguzeni (l) receives the dummy cheque from Gomachika (r) - Pic by Harold Kapindu

Chiunguzeni (l) receives the dummy cheque from Gomachika (r) – Pic by Harold Kapindu

Speaking at the cheque presentation ceremony at Capital Hill, Lilongwe on Wednesday, Secretary for Department of Disaster Management and Affairs Paul Chiunguzeni said the nation that the donation was timely and would go a long way in assisting government’s rescue and relief operations currently under way in affected areas.

“We really applaud ATOL for this monetary donation. As many people may be aware, we are still in quest of more financial and material support. A lot of our brothers and sisters are still displaced and looking for shelter,” said Chiunguzeni.

In his remarks, MTL CEO in his capacity as Acting ATOL Chairman on Floods Rescue Mission, Dr. Harry Gombachika said ATOL felt duty bound to assist people and communities that form part of their business environment and are part of their customer base.

“It is time like this that calls for national unity. It is time like this that calls for national response,” said Gombachika. “ATOL hereby announces a donation of K20.5 million towards the national response to the state of disaster.”

Gombachika further appealed to the corporate world to come forward and contribute to the national response towards the flood disaster relief operations.

“The contribution, irrespective of magnitude, will facilitate the rebuilding exercise, offer help and hope to those in need. Government alone cannot deal with a disaster of this magnitude,” he said.

ATOL is an association of telecommunication operators in Malawi comprising of Airtel, Access, TNM and MTL.

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6 thoughts on “Telecomms operators donates K20.5 m for disaster response”

  1. Chiwaka says:

    A Sidwala,you have a bright idea which is contrary to your name.

  2. marko says:

    Za zii zimenezo anthu ammidzi amavutika kwambiri mukuoneka abwino ndicholinga chofuna kususa ndikutchuka…..its true nothing comes for free mumva wina wakhala proffessor zomwezi…….

  3. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Good idea that’s the way it should be.
    However, tell these people to stop cutting down trees careless. Trees reduce the flow of water and erosions. Look, we are overwhelmed by the consequences of our own mistakes. We have lost brothers and sisters in the process.

  4. Chipoya LJ. says:

    This is at least a welcome corporate social responsibility coming from our network providers. How I wish they can pump in more money for our beloved flood victims. Am saying this because these network providers do generate a lot of profit but a lot of that money are just being spent in adverts and others functions of less importance like sponsoring of golf and other events.

    I believe other companies will emulate this developments. By the way, where are Politicians who use to spend money on sports (football, net ball trophies) especially during campaign period? Isn’t this high time they can come open to assist these victims?

    All in all, GOD Bless Malawi!!!!!!

  5. Joshua says:

    Hi, I am a concan Zambian want to know how is Malawi is now. God be with the people of malawi.

  6. Mbolo Sidwala! says:

    Simungakhanzitse ka initiative kangati ka sapota mapeto kuti ma subscriber tizitumiza mauthenga at a fee. Access code yake: Flood 2015. Thinking aloud, nanga nkutani, limodzilimodzi linang’amba thumba!

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