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Chimulirenji assures stormy rains victims, food insecure households of Government support

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Malawi’s Vice President Everton Chimulirenji on Thursday visited and presented relief items to 844 households, who were recently affected by stormy rains in Mwanza.

Rt. Hon. Chimulirenji consoles an elderly woman at Lupiya village in Mwanza (Pic by Abel Ikilonii-Mana) Rt. Hon. Chimulirenji consoles an elderly woman at Lupiya village in Mwanza (Pic by Abel Ikilonii-Mana)

 The stormy rains affected people in Lipenga, Lupiya and Ngadziwe villages in the areas of senior chief Kanduku and traditional authority Nthatche.


Chimulirenji, who is also the Minister responsible for the Department of Disaster and Management Affairs (Dodma), told the gathering at Tchetsa ground that the government, through Dodma, will also provide iron sheets for classrooms whose rooftops were blown off at Tchetsa primary school.


Each household received 50 kgs of maize, plastic sheets and kitchen utensils.


The Vice President said apart from assisting hail storm victims, Government is distributing maize to food insecure families across the country and that this food relief distribution exercise will be carried out between December 2019 and March 2020.


According to the Vice President, Government has advised senior chiefs , district councils and other relevant authorities to do a recount of households that may be in dire need of food so that they can equally be given relief items.


“We are aware that people don’t have food and the figures that were released by MVAC [Malawi Vulnerabiluity Assessment Committee]are not a true reflection of what is on the ground. A lot of people require food assistance and it is high time MVAC went back on the ground and do another assessment for the betterment of all food insecure families,” said Chimulirenji.


In July this year, MVAC indicated that about 676,000 people were in crisis level of food insecurity and further indicated that the figure would increase between October 2019 and March 2020 to 1.1 million people.


“Following this report, Government started distributing relief maize. There is 8129 metric of maize that will be distributed to food insecure families between December and March 2020. Some districts have already received the relief maize and other items,” said Chimulirenji.


Parliamentarian for Mwanza Central, Nicholas Dausi, who is also the Minister of Homeland Security, warned district council officials against any malpractices during the distribution exercise of relief items.


Dausi said the district was also affected by prolonged dry spells that resulted in people not harvesting enough and “therefore have a substantial number of food insecure families who are equally looking up to the Government for support in terms of relief items.”


“We thank President Mutharika for designating and entrusting the Vice President to come to Mwanza, particularly Mwanza Central to see those who were affected by hail storms. The first rains really came with heavy hailstorms and most of the rooftops were blown off. His coming is to ensure that the items are distributed equally to those that are suffering."


Other districts the Minister responsible for Dodma has visited are Nkhotakota, Machinga, Ntcheu, Dowa, Chiradzulu and Thyolo.

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