Cabinet Ministers led by Homeland Minister, Dr. Zikhale Ng’oma visited Bangwe and Chilobwe townships in Blantyre that were affected by the Cyclone Freddy. The purpose of the visit was to assess the situation on the ground and monitor the progress of the restoration process in those areas.
This visit was pursuant to the Tigwirane Manja Campaign which was launched by the State President of Malawi, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, as a response to the impact of Cyclone Freddy. The campaign aims to encourage individuals and organizations to support the government’s efforts in addressing the aftermath of the cyclone and mitigating its effects.
During the visit, the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Hon. Abida Sidik Mia, who was also part of the delegation, emphasized the importance of synergy between Traditional Leaders and the Government observing that this collaboration is crucial for the efficient implementation of the Tigwirane Manja initiative in all affected areas.
On his part, Minister Ng’oma highlighted the significance of empowering the youth in the affected areas. He emphasized the need to connect them to the NEEF (National Economic Empowerment Fund) loan initiative, which aims to promote self-reliance and economic stability among the youth.
The overall objective of the Tigwirane Manja Campaign is to mobilize support and resources from both the government and well-wishers to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation efforts following Cyclone Freddy. The campaign seeks to address the immediate needs of the affected communities and provide sustainable solutions for long-term recovery.