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‘Welfare fund should be fast-tracked’

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Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila, has said there is need to fast-track introduction of the government’s welfare fund.

The fund is aimed at assisting former sports personalities that represented Malawi in national and international competitions.

Kasaila made the remarks on the sidelines of a funeral ceremony for the late Jack ‘Africa’ Chamangwana, a legendary defender for the national football team, in Blantyre on Tuesday.

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“I need to check with the Sports Council on the progress [on introduction] of the fund. This issue was raised in September last year, and we should now be able to finalise [work on] the fund which will help us in sports development and welfare issues.

“There is a government mechanism which analyses who should be honoured and, as a sector, we need to advance our goals to the responsible committee which decides who should be honoured. We will be submitting names of sports personalities to this committee,” he said.

Former Flames coach, Kinnah Phiri, who played and coached with the late Chamangwana in the national team, said it was a pity that his late colleague was not supported when he was alive.

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“I was shocked when I learnt that Jack was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Ward 3B. As a national hero and legend, he should have been taken to a better hospital,” he said.

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