17 August 2017

Malawi: Chakwera Visits Area 18, Says Residents Needs Psychological Support After Sewege Horror

Leader of opposition and president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Lazarous Chakwera on Wednesday visited Area 18 residential estate and said the residents needs physcholical support after from the compensation they are demanding from Lilongwe Water Board and Lilongwe City Council (LCC) as they were made to consume water contaminated with sewage.

Some residents of Area 18 had sewage-filled water flowing from their taps, a development which was later confirmed and regretted by Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) chief executive officer (CEO) Alfonso Chikuni .

Chakwer said he believes the affected residents need to be talked to by apsychologist over the sewage horror.

" Some of these problems do not only affect our physical beings, but also our psychological being, hence , the need to engage a psychologist to talks to these affected people,"said Chakwera.

"Some of us have knowledge of such psychologists so we may consider doing something about it privately," he added.

According to Leonard Phiri, one of the residents who spoke to Chakwera, other people are still having problems such as diarrohea.

The residents through their lawayers wants service providers LWB and LCC to offer monetary compensation and to immediately provide relief and potable water to the affected residents, permanently rectify the water situation, immediately conduct a wide invetsigative audit of the whole LCC water and sewer areas.

They also demand that they should rehabilitate all broken sewer pipes.

Following the incident, Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) held a public inquiry in Lilongwe to get the views of different stakeholders including Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC), LWB, Lilongwe City Council (LCC) and the affected residents.

The LWB CEO attributed the existence of worn out and rusty water pipes , saying LWB is working on replacing the old pipes some of them which are over 50 years old.

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