REPUBLIC OF MALAWI
STATEMENT BY MR. CHARLES KALEMBA, COMMISSIONER FOR DISASTER MANAGEMENT AFFAIRS,
ON THE OCCASION OF HANDOVER OF 30MT OF BEANS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF MALAWI TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOZAMBIQUE
HELD IN TETE PROVINCE
5TH APRIL, 2022
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Let me begin by expressing my profound gratitude for the warm welcome you have accorded to me and my delegation. My standing here symbolizes the solidarity of the people of Malawi with their brothers and sisters of this wonderful country, especially the people of Cabo Delgado Province here in Mozambique who are going through the trauma of being forced away from their homes; and having their livelihoods disrupted in terrible circumstances.
It is in moments of hardship and suffering that societies need to close ranks and assist one another. This is the tie that binds the peoples of our two countries who if not only for the lines that mark the geographical boundaries are but one in historical sense. Hence this moment only serves to underpin the friendliness existing between Malawi and Mozambique as it is also reflected in the unprecedented closeness at the highest echelons of leaderships of the two countries.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.
The needs of displaced people are many. Practically, the little that Malawi is offering can only go some way toward alleviating the suffering. It is upon this realization that Malawi has welcomed the decision of the SADC Organ Troika to extend the mandate of SAMIM to June 2022. Re-establishing permanent security in the troubled region will enable the dislodged communities to return to their ancestral homes and to pick up their livelihoods again. This is the only truly long-lasting humanitarian support our brothers and sisters can receive.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.
I would fail in my duty if I do not acknowledge the visit that Your Honour made to Malawi in February during which you cheered the flood victims camped in the bordering District of Nsanje. Malawi and Mozambique are also intertwined through the commonality of challenges the two countries are facing. Natural disasters particularly the effects of harsh climatic conditions have become critical concerns which are having severe ramifications on the two economies owing to their destructive effects. As the two populations were still recovering from the bartering caused by Cyclone Idai in 2018, this year has already recorded an increase in the emergence of violent stormy winds and the ancilliary incessant rains which has once again caused extensive flooding.
As it happened four years ago, this time too Malawians in the Southern parts as well as Mozambicans living in Nampula and Zambezia Provinces have found themselves trapped in the savagery of violent cyclones. Therefore, the humanitarian assistance that Your Honour brought along was timely. The gesture was even more heartfelt since it was given by a hand of a neighbour.
Lastly, it is for this reason that Malawi welcomes the plans to establish a SADC Humanitarian and Emergency Operations Centre (SHOC) which will be responsible for facilitating enhanced regional disaster risks preparedness, response and early recovery to support Member States affected by disasters. Malawi envisages that through the Centre the two countries will build stronger resilience, preparedness, and responsiveness not only against harsh climatic disasters, but also pandemics, epidemics and related hazards through more efficient and effective sharing of information.
I thank you all for your attention and with these few remarks I humbly handover the 30MT of beans from the people of Malawi to the people of Mozambique.
God bless us all