By Stanley Nkhondoyachepa
President, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera says what Tropical Cyclone Freddy has done to Malawi is so devastating that any recovery or reconstruction will require working together to move towards a future that is more prepared for climate shocks.
He was speaking on Monday at Kamuzu palace in Lilongwe when he presented a K120 million cheque, to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) for Cyclone Freddy response.
The president said he launched the operation Tigwirane Manja in March, as a mechanism for building a national wide coalition committed to working together to bring relief to those affected by disasters.
“I am honoured to make my own contribution to Operation Tigwirane Manja through my Presidential charity and I am grateful to all who participated in the charity Golf Tournament six months ago and made it possible for my charity to make this kind of contribution in dark time like this” he said.
The president said he had made the donation to DoDMA because the department is performing excellently in coordinating the response to the current national disaster among others,
Chairman for the Presidential Charity initiative, Vizenge Kumwenda, said the donations by different organisations which included Illovo sugar will go a long way in alleviating the suffering by the survivors.
Commissioner for DoDMA, Charles Kalemba said there are many displaced people who need daily support.
Kalemba also said the department will from next week start decommissioning some camps and give assistance to the survivors, promising that issues concerning their welfare will also be taken care of, and no one will go back home crying.
The donated items included 20 bales of Blankets by SAVENDA Group of Companies, while Illovo sugar donated K100 million worth of various relief items to Cyclone Freddy survivors.