Deputy Mayor of Blantyre City Wild Ndipo has urged Malawians to have compassion towards less privileged people as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this festive season.
Speaking in Blantyre on Tuesday night during the switching on of Christmas lights, Ndipo said the festive season should give people an opportunity to demonstrate what the Bible teaches in terms of showing care and sharing with the needy.
“Every day we come across people less privileged than most of us but we cannot reach all of them. However, in the spirit of Christmas let us use this period to share the little we have with those who do not have to supplement government’s efforts towards improving the lives of less privileged people in our society,” said Ndipo.
The deputy mayor also called on Blantyre City residents to be extra careful as they celebrate Christmas as experience has shown that criminals take advantage of the festive season.
“I appeal to you not to leave your homes alone, always ensure that they are attended to whenever you travel because even criminals celebrate and would want to celebrate but they celebrate with stolen items so let us not give them a chance,” said Ndipo.
In his remarks, chief executive officer for Blantyre City Council Ted Nandolo said this year’s festive season was unique because of the election of the councillors.
“This symbolises the completeness of the council as an institution and this will make it easier for us to communicate with the residents on various issues relating to the council and the city,” said Nandolo.
The chief executive also assured the city residents that it will cooperate with the police and facilitate their work to ensure that the city is crime free.