Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, has urged the nation, especially the political divide, to bury its differences for the sake of victims of the natural disasters.
Chakwera, also coming from a religious background, argued that the nation seem to fail to make notable strides in development due to various political and religious affiliations; issues he said are not supposed to surface when dealing with the victims of the floods owing to the trauma induced.
His remarks come amid the recent floods that have hit some parts of the country most notably in Lilongwe and Rumphi.
Speaking on Sunday when he went on tour comforting the flood victims in Kawale, Kaliyeka, and Chipasula in Lilongwe ,Chakwera also asked the communities to be ‘each other’s keeper’.
“As a leader, all I can say is I am with you in such trying times; I feel your pain.” Chakwera told the victims.
He added : “But I know that this is not enough. The loss incurred is just enormous. To those who have lost their relatives, it [the pain] is much more. But for the survivors, the fact that you are still alive gives us all some hope.
“But for this hope to materialize, we need each other; the community must also take steps to help those within the neighbourhood in one way or the other. The disaster is overwhelming to be hinged on government shoulders alone.
Chakwera’s tour to the affected areas in the Capital came just hours after the country’s Vice President Saulos Chilima went to appreciate the extent of the damage caused on Sunday.
According to Lilongwe City Council Disaster desk office, at least six people were confirmed dead, with over 200 households displaced following the heavy downpour that saw most of their dwelling houses demolished.