By solister Mogha MANA

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has appealed to Malawians and those handling relief materials to avoid stealing the items meant for tropical cyclone Freddy survivors.

Speaking at Sekwere Primary school in Zomba on Saturday, where the president visited some affected households staying in camps, Dr Chakwera said he was saddened to hear that some people were stealing relief items that were donated for the needy.

Dr Chakwera

“Malawi is heavily hit, and what we need is more people being supported. However stealing of the relief items is inhumane and lack of integrity,” the President said.

Dr Chakwera then assured people in Zomba of government’s support now and in the near future.

The president then hailed neighbouring countries , NGOs and individuals who have offered a helping hand during this difficult time.

Speaking Earlier ,Minister of local Government, Unity and Culture, Richard Chimwendo said he personally went to Blantyre where he found relief items being sold to Burundians.

Chimwendo therefore asked for stiffer punishment to those involved in the malpractice.

District Commissioner for Zomba, Reignard Chavula said Zomba is one of the affected districts with 25,231 households in need of support.

Chavula said about 46 camps have been established with a total number of 14,000 people, currently in need of food, clothing and sanitary materials.

Member of Parliament for Zomba Chisi, Mark Botomani hailed the president for visiting those affected.

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