Friends of Thyolo on Saturday asked Malawians to respect the elderly regardless of their status, saying they are the country’s senior citizens.
The call was made when the group planted trees at Mberenga Primary School in Thyolo Central and gave gifts to 200 elderly people and orphans at Goliati in Thyolo East.
The group’s national chairperson Fegus Lipenga said young people should respect the elderly instead of accusing them of practising witchcraft.
He said: “Some young people have parents, but do not support them to live a comfortable life. The elderly need to live a better life because they suffered a lot for us.
“It is sad that some live in dilapidated houses, sleep on empty stomachs while their children are driving posh cars in towns.”
Senior Chief Chimaliro commended the group for the donation.
“We are excited with the donation because we do not receive them often,” he said.
The group planted 200 indigenous trees and provided 1 million tree seedlings to pupils to plant in the district.