Members of Parliament and traditional authorities in Salima have agreed to construct a shelter for mourners at the district hospital morgue.
The decision transpired during stakeholders' meeting that took place at Salima Boma on Wednesday. Officials at the meeting agreed to participate in the project by contributing bricks.
Five parliamentarians in the district including Minister of Home Affairs, Uladi Mussa, Benjamin Mangira, Deliah Kakhwani, Kaphamtengo Yona and Elliot Kufuna together with the chiefs who attended the meeting unanimously pledged to contribute towards the moulding of bricks which would be complemented with Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
Mussa, who is Member of Parliament for Salima South, said the project was important for all people of Salima who use the mortuary.
"I support the project in its totality as the shelter will help mourners to wait at a comfortable place away from scorching sun and rain. You know the weather in Salima is hot in most cases.
"We just need the hospital administrator to give us the estimated cost of the project and we will surely commit some of the CDF allocation," he said.
Traditiona Authority Kambwiri said they would mobilize their subjects to mould bricks for the project.
"We know the importance of this project and we will provide the bricks," said Kambwiri.
People interviewed randomly by Malawi News Agency (Mana) expressed happiness on the project. They, in particular, commended the unity displayed by MPs and T/As.
"I'm happy with our MPs and T/As for unanimously agreeing to construct the Hospital Shelter. Despite the fact that they belong to different political parties, they have shown that they have interest to help us," said Mdala Mkwanda.
Mkwanda said mourners faced problems whenever they go to collect dead bodies as they have to wait at an open space for unpredicted time.