The First Lady Madam Gertrude Mutharika spent her day on Mothers’ Day at Kayingilira Village in the area of Tradition Authority Dambe in Neno district where she condoled families whose property was destroyed by fire.
Speaking after being conducted around the affected houses to appreciate the extent of the damage, Madam Mutharika delivered a message of condolence from President Peter Mutharika saying the President was equally touched by the loss suffered by the people in the villagers.
“The President asked me to deliver his sympathies to you. Though he could not come along hesaid you must know that he feels your loss because of this tragedy. He wants you not to despair, but to look at this tragedy with hope that life should go on. He wants you to recollect yourselves and thank God for sparing your lives and that of your children,” she said.
The First Lady expressed gratitude to organisations as well as individuals who have also assisted the people of Kayingilira since the incident happened.
She then appealed for further assistance to the people of Kayingilira and others across the country who are currently facing food shortages following the floods and drought during the last farming season.
“I am happy because of the supportive and patriotic spirit demonstrated by many individuals and organisations who continue to offer support to the people here. This is the spirit that we need to propagate and sustain among us Malawians supporting one another during tragedies and not only waiting for people from other countries. We have done this and we can do even more,” she said .
In their speeches, Member of Parliament for Neno North Constituency Emanuel Lozo and Villagehead Kayingilira, explained that the fire incident has worsened the already desperate food situation that the people in the village were in.
They said apart from their houses, the people lost everything in the fire ranging from the food stuffs they kept in their houses to domestic animals, clothes as well as money.
“The situation is dire and we request that the government should give this area special attention so that these people can grow their crops and harvest enough this coming season so that we can restart our lives,” Kayingilira said.
During the visit Madam Mutharika distributed food stuffs, plastic buckets, blankets, clothes, sleeping mats , text books and to the mothers; pieces of special Mother’s Day Chitenje.
“” We are here today to deliver these items to you so that you know that we are in this together,” said the First Lady.
Up to 52 households totalling about 1,440 people among them women, children, the elderly and physically challenged were affected by the fire.
Neno District Commissioner, Memory Kaleso Monteiro said organizations willing to assist the victims are welcome but have to consult the council to be guided on the needs of the community.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :