Chakwera visits flooded Chikwawa: Malawi opposition chief cautions against ‘aid–gate’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and leader of opposition in parliament,  Lazarous Chakwera toured the devastated villages of flood-ravaged Chikwawa district in the southern region on Sunday.

Chakwera visiting camps

Chakwera visiting camps

People loading maize donated by Chakwera

People offloading maize donated by Chakwera

Chakwera addresses flood victims

Chakwera addresses flood victims

Chakwera, accompanied by MCP officials, toured several places and rescue camps including Thabwa in the area of Traditional Authority  Mlilima and the Sekani villages around Nchalo.

All these areas were heavily affected by the floods and the affected people are in need of help in form of shelter, food and health services.

Chakwera said the majority of victims were “really vulnerable people”.

He thanked aid agencies, international donors and Malawian groups for the “tremendous work” they have down in rescue operation, emergency aid and humanitarian support.

Chakwera said  that the nation should  continue showing  “love and solidarity” to the victims as rescue and rebuilding process may take even longer.

“I really feel sorry for individuals who have lost their loved ones and  my heartfelt condolences to their families,” said Chakwera.

He continued: “I feel very sympathetic towards the families and old people forced out of their homes. We have got to  help for them to rebuild their lives.”

Chakwera  advised all those involved in helping the victims not to take advantage of the situation to enrich themselves with humanitarian  aid.

He said the flood had caused “devastation, lives wrecked, families ruined, and a lot of heartache”.

Chakwera then  donated food which  included 50 bags of maize while urging everyone to help the victims/

Christian Aid’s Malawi Country Manager, MacDuff Phiri, described the floods as “catastrophic”. He said: “The impact has been huge. The majority of people here live on less than US$1 a day, and everything they own has been washed away. It means they need to rebuild their lives, which isn’t going to be easy. Some people might be able to recover completely; others will not be able to do so. As a result, poverty levels will deepen in some areas.”

He continued: “Countries like Malawi are very susceptible to malaria. Lots of rain means more mosquitoes breeding, and more mosquitos breeding means more malaria. There is also a risk of water-borne diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea, which could kill more people than the floods themselves. That’s why one priority for Christian Aid is to distribute insecticide-treated nets and water treatment supplies to enable people to collect safe water.”

Malawi is among the world’s poorest countries and one of the most densely populated in Africa. It depends largely on agriculture, which accounts for more than a third of its GDP. However, the majority of households in the affected districts lost their food reserves in the floods.

An estimated 7,000 hectares of crops in Chikwawa and a further 8,000 hectares in Nsanje were completely destroyed.

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KANGAANJOBVU
Guest

MALAWI= chichewa
KWACHA = chichewanso
simau a Chitumbuka,Chilomwe,
Chichawa pena chingoni ichi ndi
Chichewa.Wene wake a Malawi
ndo Chewa kaya wina afuna kaya
safuna akakolowole diso la
Udzu-udzu ku Chikwawa ko.
Ochewa ! Ochewa ! mkulikita!

The Citizen
Guest

People from the Southern Region please stop making insinuating and tribalistic remarks about people from the Central Region. If you are a Lomwe or Yao, shame on you. The Chewas are the owners of this country and have to be respected as such. Mind you, we employ a lot of your children and if this continues then your children will be dealt with.

Sharktus Nangwale
Guest

50 bags = 50 votes for Chakwera…Choncho abusa mungawine????

Rambos
Guest

We chewa we r UP here, u lomwes n yaos r dwn ther in south. Make ur own country if u cn ignorant stupid fools

Shimwitwa
Guest

His much off better because its coming from his heart and his pocket. don’t be object over trivial issues. Be focused

kwabaniso
Guest

Tsono suit (kapena sutu) wavala chitsiruchi nde kuti chiani? Ndipo 50 bags yokha ndekuti chiani? utenge ukapatse mako povina NYAU. 50 bags = K200, 000.00 yokha basi pomwe kumaliro amfiti mzako Tembo unapereka K1, 600, 000.00.

Atumbuka akapereka madonation kwao ku Karonga akudikirira chindindindi ndi namondwe akagwa, nkani ali zii. anyani aanthu zedi.

Rambos
Guest

Malawi blong to chewa ppl like it or nt we own mw. Big dance is our tradition. U haters are fools, dogs wher r ur children wrkng plz stop behavng like evil agents

Wakulu Wapakati
Guest

Kodi atumbuka ntchito yawo ndikupanga mademo basi? Bwanji sakuthandiza nawo, koma akanati demostration ndiye bwenzi tikumva mayina awa : Mtambo,mwendelire, Gondwe, Kalua, Nyirenda, Mithi, Mkandawire, Thawi, Longwe,,Mwakikunga, Nyondo, Chirwa, mhango

apao
Guest

Yona anakanisisa kupita Ku ninive, Dr R C yona. Mbava iyi

wayaman
Guest

akanakhala APM anthu akanafunsa kuti bwanji wavala suit…..koma uyu ndi man of God so we can question his suit wearing…..this is normal…

Msangaambe Phiri
Guest
Koma anthu ena nzitsiru kwambiri,we are busy with ppl in need of shelter,food clothing etc,iwowo ali busy with things which are not even related to the issue on the table which shows ignorance.Chakwera drew his own money to buy those things but some are talking about ruling the country is there any combination???If you were born with stupid ideas of tribalism you will die stupid.The country is facing problems jst bcz you ppl with such ideas bcz you know nothing.Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world & densely populated too just bcz of ppl with stupid ideas… Read more »
zayakunkhongo
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Nkhani zandale kupwetesa mutu!

YAKASHATA
Guest

STUPID YOU THE LAST COMMENTATOR, DIN’T APM GO TO MAULA PRIZON TO DONATE MAIZE WHEN HE WAS IN OPPOSITION ? IF PEOPLE FROM THE CENTRAL REGION KEEP ON BEING SELFISH BY PRAISING CHAKWELA AND SPEAK BAD OF APM, YOU WILL NEVER RULE THIS COUNTRY.

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