Malawi would require K150 billion for Covid-19 response plan – Mutharika

Malawi would require about K150 billion (about $200 million) for the implementation of a national coronavirus (Covid-19) preparedness and response plan, President Peter Mutharika has said.

Mutharika: Fighting coronavirus is a challenging war, everywhere, a very expensive war

Mutharika said this on Tuesday late at night when he announced that the landlocked southern African country will implement a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus that has claimed two lives.

In a televised national address monitored by Nyasa Times on State broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Mutharika said fighting  Coronavirus is a “challenging war for everyone, everywhere. It is also a very expensive war.”

He said: “As a nation, we require about MK150 billion for the implementation of the National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.”

Mutharika warned that up to 50,000 lives could be lost if measures were not put in place to spread the of the virus in the southeastern African country.

“We need to unite,” appealed Mutharika.

“Let me once again appeal to all political leaders that we need to join our hands in fighting this Coronavirus pandemic.

”Noone must take advantage of the suffering of people and politicize Coronavirus. This is not a time for politics. This is a time for saving lives,’’ said the Malawi leader.

The  lockdown will be effective from midnight on Saturday and will end on May 9.

Mutharika cautioned that lockdown may be extended beyond 9th May “as circumstances warrant.’’

 

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Santa Banta
Santa Banta
10 months ago

What a Joke Malawi will require K 150 Billion for Covid 2019 fight which translates to USD 200 Million Malawi population 20 Million Approx which does NOT make any Logical Sense by APM asking for K 150 Billion APM will go around the world with Begging Bowl and Keep Malawi as Security for Repayment of K 150 Billion

Chonde khalani ndi chifundo, kubaku tapolani moto
Chonde khalani ndi chifundo, kubaku tapolani moto
10 months ago

A 99 year old in UK is doing lapse walking with the aid of of a Zimmer frame , so far Captain Tom has raised £4 Million for their NHS while here we are sitting phwii! Waiting for aid. Trump has halted WHO funding.

Our Ministers are working flat out akuti fighting coronavirus, angova Billions being mentioned now is the time atakate.

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
10 months ago

He has now raised 10 million. Ours are just a bunch of lazy dudes. kuzolowera kuland.vimimb ngati water bads. did you see that guy one on Dausi/ Nsonda clip. cimimba kumangodya kufufuma and not working hard but asking asking. Yes that 200 billion is for Corona ,WHO is not for malawi only. thick brains know that its for the world as it says. does every clinic in this country well equiped or we are just focusind on the bid hospitals only? Jerusalem professor was in kasungu surprising the locals with his usual drama. he does that once at kasungu market… Read more »

Naruto
10 months ago

A President of the people! Always thinking of his people, the poor and the neglected. The voiceless in the villages, a President always exercising restraint. A true democratic leader.

I’d say APM learnt from the mistakes of his brother and governs with patience but never make the mistake of thinking he is not on top of things.

Na bi soo
Na bi soo
10 months ago

150 Billion, kuti mudzangowana, anthu oyipa inu!

The one
The one
10 months ago

K150 Billion yonse idzangothera ma allowance kwa ka nonsense committee koyendetsa za covid-19……….. greedy people, enanu mukadyera kumanda zimenezo.

Angoni
Angoni
10 months ago

Before some of us who are quick to comment on other people’s comments without furnishing themselves with the facts please check Uganda’s response measures. APM government is copying and pasting…Why can’t the government of Malawi come up with its own measures tailored for Malawi taking into account the fact that each country is unique socially as well as economically. Some people adazolowera kuonera am sure kuonera kwa mkalasi sukudathe. Zimatero ngati ma qualification ake adapangidwa attain through kuwonera in real life zimawakanika kudziganizira…lol

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
10 months ago
Reply to  Angoni

anazolowera za cisembwere, they have never made any tangible stucures or strategy. GAME OYI SANGAITHE NDIYAIKULU.
pano Uganda ili pa map researching. kuno timangova tima study mbweeeee nothing on the map than kukanganilana ma allowance. Acepa nazo izi a Malawi.kizolowera kupangilidwa . sitinangozolowrra za ma floods relief aid, yomwe mpaka lelo nothing zolondeka zinaonekapo.
Yep!!! wake up malawi and look back and reflect.
pitala is rubbish.

Yaya Mfiti
10 months ago

Mbava ndi chilima ,kutereku mtima ukumuwawa akamaona kuti iyeyu alibe mphamvu zoti anganene zinthu nkumveka kutereku 150 billion kwacha imeneyi akanakhla iyeyu akanapeza njira opusitsira aMalawi . Anthu onse amene ali akuba ndi okutha ma plan ndi amene akulimbana ndi boma la a Mutharika kkkkkk God bless DPP ,God bless MALAWI

The one
The one
10 months ago
Reply to  Yaya Mfiti

pajatu mukuti ndinu mfiti…. no wonder mukulemba mwaka ufitifiti eh!

Shatta
Shatta
10 months ago

Where will the K150B come from? Tax paying businesses will be closed down starting from Saturday 18th. A lot of Malawians will lose jobs and businesses as a result of a lockwdown which lacks backup plan and forecasting. Lockdown means less economic activities and hence less money collected by MRA. The principles of simple economics. Good example is the US. 20 million people without jobs, from something like 3.3 million few weeks ago. Some of us predicted this very long time ago that the Coronavirus will hit more negatively the corrupt DPP led government more that the opposition. Let us… Read more »

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
10 months ago
Reply to  Shatta

tikuti ndi copy and paste business, alibe fundo.koma kulalata ngati finye uyu wa boma dausi. yemwe akuti dpp ndiiye, gelezeda ndi wina ujayo ati ndani,khaya. afwitondo

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
10 months ago

gulitsani fleet ya galimoto zakozo.
ndalama zose za corruption sizikufufuzidwa zija bwa?
cimtuco wava, 600 million yopatsa ma lawyers a joni
jeni 20 million plus.
pano uki busy sorting out ma benefits a komishonaz
300 pin ya ma mp sttings
mxiiii mutu odzaza mamina.
copy and paste business.
mungonjoya osayangana za kutsogolo. lelo mukuopseza anthu with your manipulation.

hedeee tell me door to door umaiziwa ??????
ma bwana anasanna kale zokudya leaving the locals asove okha.dikiluani tione

Naruto
10 months ago
Reply to  Nasingwe

Munakula movutika? Always fighting for food? I don’t know anyone who improves their life by selling all they have instead of acquiring more and aspiring for a better life.

What does selling all the gorvernment assets benefit anyone only to buy again at a later date at a new inflated price?? What kind of logic is this? Envy and jealousy dey kill you oh

Atimo Mwagwanayo
10 months ago

The lockdown is well received kuti timothy mtumbo azipya mtima.
APM well done for putting the lives of Malawians first.

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