President Peter Mutharika’s K7.7 million cash donation to Mzuzu floods affected residents has started creating confusion and disagreements.
The residents were affected by floods and mudslides in April this year.
On May 24, President Mutharika made the donation during his tour of north region where he visited some victims in Masasa residential area.
Confusion has clipped in barely a week after the donation was made as misunderstandings have erupted on the eligibility of beneficiaries of the donation.
A group of flood victims from Kachololo camp in Chiwabvi West claim their councilor Gabriel Mwangulu is refusing them access to the money meant for the reconstruction of their houses.
However, Mwaungulu dismissed the group’s sentiments, saying their claims were unfounded.
Mzuzu City Council disaster management coordinator Felix Namakhuwa has also dismissed the group’s claims, saying there are no more IDP camps in Chiwabvi.
He said the council does not recognize any camp dwellers in Chiwabvi West and added that at Kachololo there is only one household that lost their house during the three weeks of persistent rainfall in the northern region.
He further said Plan Malawi was responsible for the Kachololo camps and the camps which initially housed 15 households were closed weeks ago.
Namakhuwa said the money president Mutharika donated will be given to victims whose houses were destroyed by the floods not those affected in other ways.
Seven people died in Mzuzu and about 18 000 residents were affected by the disaster. Some flood victims are still lodging in camps awaiting relocation by the Mzuzu City Council.