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Chief warns against abuse of Roger Federer donation

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Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe of Rumphi District has said ‘Cashgate’ in both government and non-governmental organisations has become a norm, an issue, he said, is affecting development in the country.

He was speaking in Rumphi when the Rodger Federer Foundation donated K10.5 million to 30 Community-Based Childhood Centres (CBCC) in the district.

The foundation belongs to world number one tennis player, Rodger Federer.

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The chief warned against abuse of resources in his area if the help from the foundation is to achieve its intended purpose.

“Let me warn these CBCCs to be very careful with money because Cashgate in Malawi has become part and parcel of life; so, I am telling them not to engage in such practices because they stifle development of the nation.

“Early child education has assisted a lot of children; it is inclusive, whereby every child develops physically, mentally and socially thus preparing them for primary school learning,” Chikulamayembe said.

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Each CBCC received K350,000 for pre-school education, care, nutrition and health services, particularly for vulnerable children.

Oliver Mkandawire, a member of Action Aid General Assembly, main supervisors of the project asked the government to consider caregivers who work on a voluntary basis.

“We would like to encourage government to motivate caregivers; you know these caregivers, have families to take care of,” Mkandawire said.

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