Thyolo, Chikhwawa record highest in number of street beggars

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New revelations by Malawi24 indicate that the highest numbers of street beggars in all three cities of this country are from the Southern Region of Malawi.

Beggars in MalawiAfter government through National Statics Office failed to provide recent official statistics, a sample street needs study conducted by this Publication has clearly showed Thyolo and Chikhwawa keep scoring top on women begging in the streets.

Some of the women have with them children who help them walk and tout for help in the famous phrase ‘njala bwana’ (We are hungry boss) said to passersby.

According to the fallout, one hundred women on the mosques and street roads, 43% of women in streets of Blantyre are from Thyolo Districts, whereas 40% are from the Sena belt.

Malawi24 has further established that the remaining percentage is from Mulanje and other surrounding districts.

Those who requested not to reveal their identity described street life marked by violence

In a study by Malawi24’s reporter in Mzuzu city, Thula Chisamba who interviewed 30 women in the streets of Mzuzu, about 15 of them are from Southern part of Malawi.

These are from districts like Phalombe, Thyolo, Mulanje, Mangochi, Machinga and Nsanje. Among the interviewed 10 are from Central Region Districts of Kasungu, Lilongwe, Nkhotakota and others.Out of the number five of them said they are from Nkhatabay.

Most of them are living with disabilities and claimed to take begging as the sole means of survival.

Emily Jungwana, 73, who uses a wheel chair described life in the streets as ‘hell.’

Disappointingly, some are of good health and can be of productive to the country’s economy.

Rafiq Hajat

Hajat: Tough life in the South.

Speaking with this publication, Activist for Social Justice, Human Dignity, Democratic Civil & Political Rights Rafiq Hajat, said Malawi should expect more pressure in its both streets due to lack of economic opportunities.

Hajat said the Southern part of Malawi is characterized with overcrowding and congestion a reason people scramble for limited available resources.

He said the rise is due to failure by government to address the major issues concerning the society living standards.

Stated Hajat, “women have migrated from South up North on search of economic opportunities and favorable conditions of services. Some have been taken by trucks from Thyolo, Mulanje and Bvumbwe for casual labor. After being paid some have been dumped by their husbands. The only option for them is to beg on the streets of Mzuzu.”

The situation seems dire in terms of economic opportunities, the devaluing of kaacha and lack of economic opportunities.

Unluckily, every woman in situation of poverty is a threat of sexual harassment and HIV and Aids.

Meanwhile, Saint John of God claimed to be helping such people in the Northern part of Malawi.

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98 Comments

  1. Amene walemba khani yimeneyi wosawara ndi tumbuka munathawa kwanu kutchire uko kumazanena anthu akuno kwanu kuja angathe kupita kumakapepha ndani wosaganizayo zachibwana kuno kulibe anthu wopepha poti atumbuka ndiwo ali amasikini kwambiri ndingoti kape kwambiri

  2. Every Malawi is a begger including your president..u u get assistance frm other countries..now u start pointing your fellow malawians..if u say ur brillliant what dd u do with the economy problem we are experiencing now????..ur fuck off..u dont know what ur talking…

  3. Malawi24 bodza limenelo.Azimayi a chiradzulu kukonda kunama kuti transport yandiperewera.komanso muzitha kusiyanitsa pakati pa chikwawa ndi nsanje;awa ndimaboma awiri osiyana koma anapangana malire.

    • Lo abanthu yathanya just go to Lilongwe commercial area on friday and see those pple cuing for alms slices of bread to be precise are they from thyolo and chikhwawa?

    • On world ranking we all share the common denominator of poverty hence average minded pple have got a story where as strong minds are busy mapping forward with new ideas of development

  4. Respect the begger,no matter where they come from.Isnt it a test from God that some of us should do better and others less?what matters is how you respond when approached by a poor man on the street while your pocket is full!!and understand that every country,region or district has poor people.the brevity of a blessed nation or person is seen in the counts each individual frequents their visists to poor homes or how often you give something to a street person.am sorry its even shamefull to call a street person a begger,even if he is what he is.you may have a beautiful home,you may have a nice car,you may have everything you wish for,at the end of the day,we are all going six feet down,and face same level of judgement,but how much have we given the street person!!!?

  5. Zimadabwitsa kaya! Ku Mzuzu kuli anthu opempha koma saatha Chitumbuka or Chinkhonde. Amayankhula Chichewa chonyansa. Akunyasitsa Mzuzu. Workhard in the fields and school. Akuyesetsa kukupangirani favourable policies i.e quota system koma school mukuyithawa kumapempha mu street mpaka Mzuzu woo!

  6. Shaaaaa my home district Chikwawa & Thyolo being my second home after done a good job for 5 solid years from 1999 to 2005 am shamed of this though I can’t blame them for I’ve seen many beggars and homeless in Europe and US especially in New York City.

  7. Nawo wanyanya kuchita kubelekana ngati nthikaa ntumbuka sangapange zimenezo kma anzathu inu ahelehele bwampini mulinaye pafupi enanso alikuno ku mzoozo nalema nawo wana wopemphapempha

  8. Amene amapanga survey ndi mbuli bola akanati Chikhwawa koma Thyolo sizoona. Pitaninso mukafufuze bwino muone chitukuko chiliri. Makampani ambiri chomapemha mmisewu chiyani? Koma News iyi yatsala pang’ono ilowa mkhoti.

  9. ma hule muma pub monsemu ndi aku Thyolo. mbava zimene zimatisausa ku thyola mumanyumbamu ndiza kuthyolo.Opempha awaso mukuti ku thyolo nanga a President mexa amati kwawo ndiku Thyolo ndeno akuchitapo chiyani.Mmalo moti ayambise one village one product anthu akhale oziyimila pa okha

  10. Chitsimikizo chakuti ma boma akumwera ali kutali ndi nkhani yakulera komanso ndi chizindikiro chakuti anthu ambiri kumeneko amakonda khalidwe la chiwerewere lomwenso likuchititsa kuti ana ambiri azibadwa wosowa chithandizo cha makolo onse awiri chifukwa chakuti azibambo akumeneku amathawa wudindo wawo.

  11. Pa Geography tinaphunzira kuti interms of land mass central region ndi yaikulu than southern region why is it there millions of pple in the south than central region chepetsani kuberekana muzasowa pokhala.

  12. Dzikoli liri mmanja mwa anthu akummwera koma chuma cha dzikoli chili mmanja mwa anthu achigawo chapakati ndi kumpoto. Thats a fact

  13. Azikhalira kupempha choncho mpaka kale kale, paja amaberekana kwambiri ndi mtima oti azawine zisankho. Akaona tima upstairs tingapo ku Blantyre amaona ngati kunatukuka kumwera kwaoko pamene mmidzi mwao mulibe nyumba zolongosoka malo olima alibe tivutika nao kwambiri anthu akumwerawa ma resources ambiri azipita kumeneko.

  14. Better to be a begger than kudikira ndi kuchitira chiwembu anthu panjira,ngati zomwe amachita ana achingoni(amasikini),ochokera ku Nu & BLK pa ”zikwanje” ku Blantyre

  15. Alomweee ndi Asena ndizo zintchito zawo zimenez maka ikango sowa ntchito yanyumba basitu ndiyongopemphapempha…basi kungozolowera ku nyera mmadzi taonani apa mukuipisa zina la bwampini…..

  16. Ngati maboma mwatchulawa muli ma beggers ambiri it does’nt mean kut anthu akubelekana ngati nkhumba ai koma ndimavuto even mu south Africa muno azungu akumapempha mmisewu amene muli kujon kuno mukhonza kuika umboni woti azungu akumapempha mmisewu ndie iwonso akubelekana ngat nkhumba ai koma mavuto

  17. In your vocabulary u had no words that it could replace sena belt? why u didn’t say lomwe from thyolo , yaos from mangochi and so on . Ur title didn’t mention atribe of certain group of people. But stupid content, you mean that 40% are senas not people from chikwawa,may be you don’t that chikwawa has more than one tribe.

  18. Iwe munuwake Malawi24, athandize a malawi amzako kuti adzidziimira paokha ie mabegazwo osati kumangofalitsa news za how many beggers are there in Malawian Districts. Wamva!!

  19. Sadly the president is preaching to the world that Malawi is doing well economically. Please send this evidence to him and tell him in case he has forgotten his economics that this is one of sjgns that Malawi is not doing well economically. He is in denial of reality. Sad