A group of Malawians living in Ireland have lived up to their promise and deposited a cheque worth K1 225 000 [one million two hundred twenty-five thousand kwacha] to the Banda brothers—Lucius, Paul and Francis—who are presently battling kidney and cancer ailments.
The symbolic presentation was held at Dorvic Hotel in the commercial capital Blantyre on Saturday.
Association of Malawians in Ireland (AMAI) president, Henry Mkumbira Phiri, told Nyasa Times in an interview that he was proud that “members earnestly gave and stuck together” throughout the fundraising.
He said the money had been deposited directly into Lucius Banda’s Standard Bank account and that the Saturday function was simply a symbolic one.
Lucius Banda, who has since been added to the association’s WhatsApp group, has thanked Malawians in Ireland for their great support.
“We are grateful to you all, and to God who gave you the wisdom and capability to support us with this enormous financial contribution. Paul, Francis and I are very grateful, and may God bless you,” said Banda.
Nyasa Times has learnt that the fundraising drive is a brain child of whistle blowers Henry Mkumbira Phiri, Jubeda Maxwell Chande, Harriet Msungama, Memory Kazombo and Albert Tambula following a revelation that the Bandas were going through various illnesses which needed immediate medical attention.
A WhatsApp Group was launched in May to raise the Friday deposited money, according to Phiri.
“The team has agreed that the group will still remain active and that all cash collected will be deposited directly to the Bandas account. A million of thanks to those who managed to donate and those who are contemplating doing the same,” said Mkumbira-Phiri.