By Stevenson Nkhonjera Mwenitete……..
As president Lazarus Chakwera has declared a state of disaster following the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Freddy which has so far claimed over 100 lives in Blantyre, a renowned governance and human rights expert Undule Mwakasungula has welcomed the development as a selective decision.
According to Mwakasungula the president has done the right direction but he said he could have declared even the dry spell which has triggered some districts in the Northern Region especially Karonga.
” I welcome the declaration of national disaster done by the President following the cyclone which has led to the loss of lives and property. My condolence to those who have lost the beloved ones.
“But much as I welcome the declaration of National Disaster I find the approach discriminating others. As you have seen some parts of the northern region especially Karonga have experienced dry spell for a long time and people have been crying but not been recognized,” Mwakasungula said.
He further said the decision gives a feeling as if the dry spell in north is not viewed at all as people have been crying for longtime to be heard.
“But what is more important is to push for more humanitarian support and hence the whole effect to the stakeholders.
Government should come in on the issues of disasters all people affected since it is their responsibility to support people,” He said.
Currently over 100 people confirmed died to the disaster and others keep on missing.
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