President Peter Mutharika will from tomorrow until next Monday next be in the Northern Region where he is scheduled to carry out a number of official engagements, including opening the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Mzuzu Branch.
In a statement signed by presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani, the State House Press Office said the President will tomorrow [Tuesday] visit people in areas that were affected by floods in Mzuzu and thereafter address a rally at Masasa Ground in the afternoon.
“On Wednesday, the President will inspect the Mzuzu University [Mzuni] library which was gutted by fire a few months ago and later he will officially open the Reserve Bank of Malawi [RBM] Mzuzu Branch,” said Kalilani in the statement.
Mutharika is expected to arrive at Mzuni and RBM Mzuzu Branch premises at about 9 o’clock and 10 o’clock in the morning respectively, reads the statement. The statement also said on Friday, Mutharika will cheer people in areas hit by floods in Karonga before presiding over the official opening of the new Nkhata Bay District Hospital in Nkhata Bay District on Monday.
The Northern Region, mostly Mzuzu City, Karonga and Nkhata Bay districts, was hit by floods last month following incessant rains.
According to reported statistics, six people died in Mzuzu City, eight others were injured and 4 265 houses were destroyed, thereby rendering 5 782 people to be rendered homeless.
In Karonga, 668 houses were destroyed and 1 791 people were left without shelter while in Nkhata Bay some 319 houses were damaged there.
In addition, 2 646 hectares of crops were wiped out and this affected 3 963 farmers. n