President Lazarus Chakwera has made a commitment to consider providing additional budgetary support to the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) to help it carry out its work.
The President made the commitment at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe Monday when he inaugurated the Malawi Red Cross Society 2021 Flag Week.
The Flag week is an annual activity all over the world which sees Red Cross societies soliciting funds from the corporate world and the public to help the organisation reach out to the vulnerable.
Chakwera was responding to MRCS President Innocent Majiya’s request that the government increase its budgetary support package to the society.
In the 2021-22 financial year, MRCS received K300 million from the government but Majiya suggested that the amount be increased to K650 million.
Chakwera commended MRCS for the work it has been doing in the country, indicating that he would support the society.
“And because I am fully supportive of your strategic and sacrificial approach, I, too, am committed to seeing you succeed with support from my administration,” he said.
Speaking to the press, Majiya said the organisation’s officials were usually the first to arrive and the last to leave a disaster site, necessitating the need to have readily available funds to support those in need.
“We are not trying to say we don’t need to thank the government but what we are saying is that, looking at several activities lined up and challenges we are facing, we really need an extra gear and extra support from the government,” he said.
Chakwera donated K1 million at the event.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.