By Chalo Mvula
As the ongoing Covid19 lockdown restrictions continues to affect Malawians in various ways ,the Malawi Congress Party South Africa Wing on Saturday afternoon took steps to help. A donation of various assorted items was made to some Malawians who have found themselves out of jobs and stuck in a foreign country .
According to one of the officials of the Wing Mphatso Banda, representatives of the Wing paid a visit to fellow Malawians who have been stranded in Johannesburg for weeks awaiting clearance to return to Malawi. The group decided to take such a step as they didn’t just want to sit down and wait for the government “The situation is not good, a lot of Malawians stranded here and in desperate need for help. We know the Malawi government is working on trying to find ways to address this, however while waiting for that, we thought we should help with any little that we can”
It is believed more that 100,000 Malawians live in South Africa. Over the past month, Malawi has been receiving returnees from South Africa in large numbers. South Africa remains the country hardest hit with Covid19 pandemic. Over 603 thousand cases have been registered with more than 13000 people confirmed dead
Malawi Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa Gloria Bamusi earlier assured all Malawians that government will do its best to help and that any Malawians who have any problems should try to contact the embassy. MCP Diaspora RSA is part of the MCP Diaspora network (MCPDN) which is an umbrella group of all the party’s diaspora group. Mphatso Banda also urged any Malawians in South who need quick help to contact the group so that they can help to link them to relevant authorities.
The items that includes toiletries were bought by contributions from members of the Wing. Through the collaboration with Malawi High Commission in RSA and various stakeholders in the diaspora, buses are taking some of the people back to Malawi . MCP Diaspora encourages any other well wishers to donate items to the group which will be distributed to those in need