South Africa based Malawian Evangelical preacher Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) has pledged a K15 million donation to Salima Distric Council for the construction of new drainage systems in the districts flood-prone areas.
Bushiri made the pledge on Good Friday when he donated over 3,000 bags of maize and other stocks to the district’s flood victims. He said: “We always respond to disasters and today, I am told that some of these disasters can be prevented if the council constructs dykes and good drainage system. To me, I find that to be important that’s why I have made the commitment to help with the cash. I believe we should not always respond when people are suffering, sometimes it is good to prevent the suffering.”
In his speech, Salima District Council chairperson counciloor Everson Mpayani sadi the floods are an annual occurence in the district and that the council is struggling to raise funds to undertake projects to control the flooding.
“As council, we have plans to maintain and dig new drainage systems around the urban areas and construct dykes in some areas, but our plans are falling short of funds,” he said, thanking Bushiri for the response.