Ex-MP Njawala drives public to buy motorcycle for Luchenza’s one-legged cyclist

The story of a one-legged bicycle taxi operator in Luchenza, Thyolo that appeared in  Nyasa Times  captured the imagination of former Member of Parliament Felix Njawala, who has mobilised sympathisers to raise funds to buy a motorcycle for the self-sustaining businessman with disability.

George who is making it big as a bicycle taxi operator. What makes him unique is that he cycles using one leg! The other one was amputated.

Njawala:  There is encouragement

A story by Malawi News Agency also published in the local newspaper  reported that 27-year-old Charles George is centre of attraction at Luchenza town because he operates a bicycle taxi, commonly known as Kabaza, with ease and can cover up to 20kms with a passenger on board or just carrying heavy loads.

This prompted Njawala to campaign for George on Facebook where he posted a picture of the article with the caption; ‘How I wish he could one day operate using a Bajaj. We can make his dream come true, it costs less than MK1.5 million.’

Instantly the former MP received encouragement from the public and urged him to keep the momentum going upon which Njawala contacted the cyclist, who requested that instead of the suggested three-wheeled Bajaj, they consider a motorcycle instead.

Njawala reported back to the concerned citizens of the new development and within a few days, he had managed to raise MK325,000 and are remaining with MK 125,000 of the total cost of the motorcycle at MK450,000.

“I got inspired by that story and I saw that he is the man to assist because he starts by helping himself,” Njawala said. “We have many young people who believe in begging but not with this young man — he believes in himself and that’s inspired all who contributed towards this cause.”

 

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Youna
Guest

Bravo bwana Ex-MP! Malawi needs such people on leadership positions.

Benson Nyamula
Guest

Mr Charles needs to be assessed in hi s functional abilities first, we understand a motorbike is his choice but i think a Bajaj would be more appropriate. Mr Njawala you have done a commendable job but would you please try to reason with him on his choice. You can inolve MAP medical rehabilitation staff ( Physiotherapists, Occupational Threapists and Rehabilitation Techinicians)to help you with the functional assesment. I hope this will help alot. Thanks.

Felix
Guest

Well noted .

Felix Njawala
Guest

Ofcourse I thought a Bajaj would be more appropriate for Mr Charles but he opted for a motorcycle citing challenges that he would be facing servicing most of his clients who he transport to areas that a tricycle would not go.

Maps
Guest

I agree with the ” guest ” a bajaj is more suitable to the youngman than a motorcycle. Those close to the youngman please assist to reason with him.
Kudos to Mr njawala for the initiative.

Mkanda
Guest

That’s what we call real empowerment. Beneficiaries being consulted before anything in pushed down their throat.

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
Guest

Much as it is the choice of the cyclist, a bajaj is safer to drive than a motor cycle because once he loses balance on a motor cycle that will be the end of him. Someone should reason with this young man.

Zoona
Guest

I feel the motorbike will be problematic because the foot brake is on the side where the disability is and the Bajaj or keke could be more appropriate.

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