Government spokesperson and Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Nicholas Dausi was speaking at Mlowe in Rumphi district where he physically conveyed President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika's condolence to the bereaved families, Livingstonia CCAP Synod, and people of Mlowe, Zunga, and Tchalo following the recent Lake Malawi boat tragedy.
"The State President is deeply saddened with the incident, as government any loss of life is a concern to the government as it halts business and other developmental activities.
"These people were coming from prayers, a spiritual food, it’s a big blow to the people of this area, traditional leaders as well as government," said Dausi.
The Minister added that President Mutharika is in prayers with all concerned parties and recommitting government’s support.
"President Mutharika is really touched and he made sure that among other things government takes part of all funeral arrangements, providing support to those injured and to continue searching for those that are still missing," said the Minister of Information.
Representative of CCAP Synod of Livingstonia's General Secretary, Rev. Wanangwa Gama hailed government and the State President Professor Mutharika for the spiritual, material, financial, psychological, health, support and love shown during these hard times.
"As a synod we really thank the President for the love he has shown towards the church and the affected people during this time; he first sent Minister of Finance, sent officials from Disaster Department, Malawi Defence Force and other officials, today we also host Honourable Dausi, we do not take this for granted," said Rev. Gama.
The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia official said the gesture is a manifestation of the good working relationship between government and its various stakeholders including the community and the church.
During the gathering, the Minister also appreciated the rescue works by the Malawi Defence Force as at least 20 people are reported missing.
So far five people four of which are members of Mlowe CCAP Presbytery under the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia died, 54 people were treated for various injuries and medical observation at Mlowe Health Centre.
They were travelling from 2017 Easter Joint Prayers at Mlowe CCAP en-route Tchalo, Zunga among other places in the area. There were about 79 on board and it capsized just four kilometers away from the shores.