Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has sparked debate on its seriousness in caring lives of poor Malawians after its officials and cadets donated expired flour to flood victims in the northern region.
DPP Cadets and officials over the weekend donated assorted relief items worth over K1.5 million to flood victims in Mzuzu district.
However, among the donated items was expired packaged maize flour. The revelation of expired flour was made by flood victims in Chibavi, Mzuzu.
Other distributed items by DPP cadets led by party top official Patricia Kaliati were 500 pales and 100 blankets.
The torrential rains now in the second week have displaced over 8,000 people and claimed six lives, five of whom are children aged below 10. The continuous rainfalls have caused damage to life and property in a number of districts in the northern region and Masasa is the worst hit in Mzuzu City.
Over 160 households have been affected in Masasa alone and six died when houses collapsed in this area.
DPP councilor for Masasa ward in Mzuzu Yonamu Mkandwire accused Mzuzu City Council members of
sidelining his ward during relief food distribution because he claimed he was the party’s councilor.
“This is an area where most people died, this is the place most of the death occurred yet the council is not coming here to distribute relief items just because I am DPP,” said Mkandawire.
President Peter Mutharika declared the city a disaster zone, and appealed for more support to those affected.
Among other government officials, Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, whose office is responsible for Disaster Management Affairs visited the region and donated relief items including cash to all the affected families.