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By Sam Banda Jnr:

HTD Limited Thursday donated K100,000 to veteran actor and comedian Eric Mabedi, popularly known as Jakobo, to help towards his trip to India.

The veteran actor is in need of a kidney transplant in India.

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“I am very grateful to HTD Limited for the support towards my treatment in India. I have done a lot of awareness programmes for various companies but not HTD but, surprisingly, they are the first to come out. I did nothing to them but they have helped me because of my contribution to the nation in the creative industry,” he said.

HTD Limited Sales Executive, Jawad Imedi, said Mabedi has entertained the nation for years, contributing immensely to the development of the arts, hence supporting him.

Mabedi is waiting for the government to act, after submitting relevant documents.

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“Today I was also submitting some papers to lawyers. I just want to make sure that all the paperwork is done; otherwise, I am waiting for communication from the government,” Mabedi said.

The actor, who is undergoing dialysis at Mwaiwathu Hospital in Blantyre, is in urgent need of a kidney transplant and needs K20 million to travel to India.

Friends of Eric Mabedi sounded an SOS calling on well-wishers to help the veteran actor, who is also Kwathu Drama Group Director and National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) President.

Friends of Eric Mabedi spokerperson, Higger Mkandawire, said they want to make sure that the veteran actor leaves for India this month.

Mabedi also hailed all those who have come forward to support him.

“I would like to thank all those who have come forward since an SOS was sounded. I am very grateful,” he said.

Ministry of Health spokesperson, Joshua Malango, recently said the government would help the veteran actor.

Malango further said the government, through the Ministry of Health, was communicating with Mabedi, family members and all those involved.

Recently, Ntam held a fundraising show in Lilongwe which raised K122,000.

Two weeks ago, Ntam also held a fundraising show in Blantyre, where they raised K247,000.

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