MALAWIAN President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has expressed his appreciation to Tanzania following the humanitarian aid the country offered to them when the Cyclone Freddy recently devastated his country leaving over 400 people dead.
In his statement, Dr Chakwera thanked the President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan and the people of Tanzania for the help, saying the assistance was timely when his country was in dire need of assistance.
He said that the aid was a sign of the brotherhood and solidarity that exists between Tanzania and Malawi, adding that that this is not the first time that they have got assistance, citing way back to 2015, in 2019 and this year in 2023, when help was readily available to them from Dar es Salaam .
In the assistance, Tanzania on Monday handed over some humanitarian aid to the government of Malawi after the Cyclone Freddy caused the deaths of more than 400 people and left several homeless.
Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Minister Dr Stergomena Tax handed over the alms on behalf of President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan to the President of Malawi, Dr Lazarus Chakwera.
The event was held at the State House in Lilongwe a in company of leaders in the country as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malawi, Nancy Tembo and the Ambassador of Tanzania in Malawi, Mr Humphrey Polepole.
Speaking immediately after handing over the items, Dr Tax said the President Samia apart from the humanitarian aid, also sent condolences to the President of Malawi, Dr Chakwera together with the people of Malawi for the calamity that resulted into deaths, injuries, homelessness as well as the destructions of property and infrastructure including roads.
Dr Tax said that Tanzania as a friend and neighbour has been touched by the natural disaster and has taken immediate steps to coordinate the aid in helping the country in the difficult period it is going through.
She added: “President Samia sent me to Malawi to deliver a special message of her condolences and humanitarian aid to President Dr Chakwera and the people of Malawi following the effects of Cyclone Freddy which has brought great disaster.
“As our friends and neighbor, Tanzania stands with Malawi in this difficult period of transition and today I have presented the aid and condolences on behalf of President Samia and the Tanzanians.”
The humanitarian aid provided included food, rescue equipment, self-preservation equipment, two military helicopters all worth 1 million US dollars as well as 100 soldiers who will participate in distributing the items.
The list also mentioned 50 tents, 6,000 blankets, 1,000 tonne of corn flour and cash of about 300,000 US dollars.