Saddened by the demise of two senior cabinet Ministers, President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, has directed a three day period of national mourning from 12 to 14 January 2021 during which all National Flags should fly at half–mast.
President Dr. Chakwera is honouring the lives of Hon. Lingson Blekanyama MP, Minister of Local Government and Hon. Alhaji Mohammad Sidik Mia, Minister of Transport and all Malawians who have succumbed to Covid-19 this year.
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In his special address to the nation, President Dr.Chakwera said it is sad that the country has lost 20 percent of people, that have died due to Covid-19 pandemic, in the past 11 days bringing this to a total of 235 deaths in Malawi.
Dr. Chakwera directed the Ministry of Health, Homeland Security, Education, Civic Education, Justice, Information and Local Government to review guidelines that will help the government address the challenges resulting from Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, former president, Prof. Peter Mutharika and the Former First Lady, Getrude, has sent a message of condolences to President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera , the entire cabinet, the bereaved families and Malawi as a whole following a sudden and untimely demise of two cabinet ministers due to Covid-19 related illnesses.
Hon. Lingson Berekanyama, Minister of Local Government, Gone for good
In the message, Former president, Prof. Peter Mutharika and his wife, is sharing with the entire nation that in difficult times as Malawians are passing through, it is important to hold hands despite their differences.
……”Together we can defeat this common enemy that is among us,’’…..reads part of Mutharika’s message on his Facebook page.
The Former President suggested to the leadership and his fellow citizens that Malawians make the necessary tough decisions that can save themselves and the nation, praying to God for his healing hand and mercy to take Malawians through this trying times of Covid-19 pandemic.
And in another related development, Pililani Phiri, Spokesperson for Vice President Dr. Saulosi Chilima, has dismissed social media reports that have been going round that Dr. Chilima has tested Covid-19 positive and government is making arrangements to airlift him to South Africa for treatment.
Phiri is assuring Malawians that Dr. Chilima is well and is in his office leading in the task President Dr. Chakwera has given him to review the Covid-19 guidelines.
By Vincent Gunde