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Deputy speaker calls for effort in hunger fight

By Imam Wali:

First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Madalitso Kazombo, has said women and children in the country are still facing challenges such us poor health and hunger despite several interventions.

Kazombo made the remarks during a rally at Kabwazi Primary School in Dedza North West Constituency which Malawi Congress Party (MCP) held yesterday.

“It is sad that children and women are facing acute hunger and shortage of medicines in public health facilities in their own country. This is affecting them a lot. Our hospitals have no drugs and lack necessary equipment for the provision of health services,” he said.

Kazombe then appealed to people to exercise patience during the post-elections strife, saying there is hope for MCP as a party.

MCP president, Lazarus Chakwera, came second in the May 21 elections and, together with UTM leader Saulos Chilima, they are challenging the elections results in court. Democratic Progressive Party’s Peter Mutharika was declared winner by the Malawi Electoral Commission.

“People have hope in Malawi Congress Party and Lazarus Chakwera. That is the reason MCP rallies are being well patronised by both the old and the youth. This means that people believe in the High Five [an election slogan of the MCP in the run-up to the May 21 elections],” he said.

Member of Parliament for Dedza North West Constituency, Auxious Chidovu, said just as is the philosophy of his party, MCP, he intends to champion development projects in the constituency.

“This area has been facing numerous challenges, but as the new Member of Parliament, I would like to assure you that this area is going to develop. We should focus on the developments which we lacked in the past.

“We have to address the challenges of hunger. Apart from that, we have other areas which need attention such as roads and bridges in poor conditions and poor health services,” he said.

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