Former president Bakili Muluzi has unveiled an ambitious plan to construct 1,000 houses for cyclone Freddy survivors next year.
Currently discussions are underway with the authorities to identify the land where such houses should be constructed. Together with his partners Muluzi is also constructing houses in Phalombe and Zomba for people affected by the cyclone.
President Lazarus Chakwera appointed the former presidents as goodwill ambassadors for the Cyclone Freddy recovery initiative Tigwirane Manja.
Speaking to Capital FM, Muluzi stressed that the government alone cannot manage as the people who lost their houses due to incessant rains that resulted into a cyclone are many.
“In Mulanje alone 25,000 households were displaced and thousands are still in camps due to a lack of shelter,” noted Muluzi.’=
He further called on development partners to come in and rescue Malawians by providing shelter as the rains have already started in most parts of the country. ‘’Malawians should do all they can to be of help to those in need, if different stakeholders take it upon themselves to help the needy Malawi will be a better place to live.”
According to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) cyclone Freddy affected 659,000 people and killed 676 people and to this day, 537 people still missing.