UTM legislator Steve Mikaya has appealed to the Pan African Parliament for support to assist survivors of Cyclone Freddy which has wreaked the most havoc in Malawi with the southern region been hardest hit.
With over 20, 000 people displaced, he indicated the worst is yet to come as the fatalities continue with the death toll currently standing at 326.
Rising on Rule 61 of the rules and procedure to table urgent matters of public interest at its gathering in Midrand South Africa, Mikaya said the widespread heavy rains and strong winds led to a rise in water levels and subsequent flooding
He indicated that the situation has been compounded by no power and water and impassable roads.
The Blantyre city south legislator stated that misfortunes have knocked on people’s doors and left in its tracks a trail of death and destruction which may take years to fully recover from.
However amidst the difficulties, he had every reason to believe from his faith that through the gathering and out of conviction that it is not coincidental that Cyclone Freddy hit Malawi and Mozambique while delegations of the countries are meeting.
“I have absolute faith in the Pan African countries, a league of nations brought together by shared ancestral history, identity as well as our beloved continent which we inhabit. I make a special appeal to this gathering that we can rely on your support at this difficult time.
“Where I come from Mr. President, there is a parable which I would like to share with you colleagues in my language. Mzako weniweni umamudziwa panthawi yamavuto...simply put a friend in need is a friend indeed or put loosely a person who helps at difficult times, is a friend you can rely on.
”Let us be inspired by the positive example of Europe which rallied around Turkey after the destructive earthquakes to bring to bring the much needed relief and support”.
President Lazarus Chakwera declared a state of disaster in the affected areas effectively appealing for local and international support for those affected.
The Pan African Parliament was set up as a platform for people from all African states to be involved in discussions and decision-making on the challenges facing the continent.