Government warns against politicising assistance

Written by  Edith Kayira Gondwe

Government has warned authorities against politicising the distribution of relief items to households that has been affected by floods. Minister of Civic Education and Community Development Everton Chimulirenji made the remarks after distributing the relief items to some affected households in some parts of Zomba.

Chimulirenji and Mchacha handling over relief items Chimulirenji and Mchacha handling over relief items

Chimulirenji said government will make sure that the relief items should reach the affected households.

“These people did not want to be in this situation, so we will not allow people to use their suffering as a campaign tool,” said Chimulirenji.

Chimulirenji assured the affected households that government will not let them suffer while urging them to avoid selling the relief items. He has since urged the councils to ensure that no one is left out during the distribution exercise.

In his remarks, Deputy Minister of Homeland Security and DODMA, Charles Mchacha said his Ministry is working tirelessly to make sure that all households that were affected are assisted. He said the Department of Management Affairs-DODMA is already reaching out to the affected households in all areas.

He has also warned authorities against stealing the relief items saying they will face the law.

“Authorities who are distributing the assistance should make sure that the affected households should benefit, let us not steal the relief items that are meant for the victims of floods,” added Mchacha.

Mchacha warned that those that will be found stealing the relief items will face the law.

Heavy rains which the country received last week have left more people destitute in most parts of the Southern region. Apart from damaging property,   the rains have also rendered some roads impassable while on the other hand destroying infrastructure for the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi-ESCOM.

Most of the households that were affected by floods are now seeking shelter in schools and churches while some are staying with their relations.

Meanwhile, the death toll of people who have died due to floods has increased from 23 to 30. 377 have been injured while over ninety thousand households have been affected.

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