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Bano Construction donates to Mzuzu disaster victims

Written by  Andrew Mkonda
Bano Construction Managing Director Ashfaq Rashid second left) handing over some of the items to Mzuzu City Mayor Councilor William Mkandawire - Pic by Andrew Mkonda Bano Construction Managing Director Ashfaq Rashid second left) handing over some of the items to Mzuzu City Mayor Councilor William Mkandawire - Pic by Andrew Mkonda

Mzuzu, January 3, 2017: Bano Hardware, Construction and Estate Agents in conjunction with Professor Peter Mwanza have donated relief items worth K1 million to victims in Mzuzu whose property were destroyed by stormy rains in December last year (2017).

Speaking Tuesday during the distribution of the relief items, Managing Director for the company, Ashfaq Rashid, said they thought of donating the relief items as a way of giving back to the community.

“As a company, we have social corporate responsibility. We are doing our business here in the city with these people, so if they are suffering, our businesses, too, cannot go on well, hence the donation,” Rashid said.

He said after reading a story by Malawi News Agency (Mana) on internet that victims of stormy rains in the city were in need of K18 million to recover their property, he contacted Mwanza who also contributed something towards the donation.

Rashid then said it was the duty of everyone to assist the victims and not wait for government to do everything.

Mzuzu City Mayor, William Mkandawire, commended Bano Hardware for the donation, describing it as timely and also urged other companies to come forth.

Mkandawire said it was pathetic that the stormy rains even affected houses in areas which are not disaster-prone, for instance, Katawa and Msongwe.

The mayor then said the city council will encourage people to plant trees around their homes in order to safeguard their houses from stormy winds.

Some of the items distributed include bags of maize, sugar, plastic sheets, blankets, and buckets.

The stormy rains caused havoc in Zolozolo, Chiputula, Katawa and Chimaliro residential areas.

About 43 people (23 females, 17 males and 5 under five children) were affected.

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