Botswana Donates to Malawi Floods Victims
The first of three consignments of relief items towards the assistance of victims of heavy rains and floods from the Botswana Government arrived at Kamuzu International Airport on Friday afternoon.
The donation worth US$ 200,000 consists of boats, blankets, cooking oil, maize grain, and corn-beef.
"We have very good bilateral relations with Malawi, we are members of SADC, and we regard Malawi as a very good friend and whenever there are such disasters, the Botswana Government feels the need to assist," said John Thomas Dipowe, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation who handed over the donation.
Dipowe (c) talks to Mwanyula after handing over the donation - Pic by Roy Nkosi
Malawi's Assistant Director for International Cooperation, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mike Mwanyula received the donation on behalf of the Department of Disaster Management Affairs.
Mwanyula said, "The Malawi government and the people of Malawi are grateful to Botswana for the assistance, they have demonstrated that they are indeed a friend in need."
The remaining two consignments are expected to arrive in the country over the weekend.
Thousands have been affected heavy rains and floods with the Southern Region badly affected.
President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika declared a state of disaster in January.
By Roy Nkosi