Ambulance driver caught drinking while on duty

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As hospitals in the country continue to complain of inadequate resources including fuel for ambulances, a Mzimba district hospital ambulance driver was found drinking beer at a bar with his ambulance parked in front of the drinking joint.

Our reporter also saw the ambulance driver when he was arriving at the drinking joint while driving the vehicle which has the registration number MG 907AF.

This was happening at a time some patients in health centres across the district were in dire need of the ambulance’s services.

Rumphi Hospital

Ambulance was parked at the boozing joint as the driver was totally drunk. (LIBRARY)

The driver refused to be interviewed and threatened our reporter that publication of this article may find him facing unspecified punishments.

He went on to advise fellow drunkards at the drinking joint not to reveal his identity to our reporter for fear of being exposed to his bosses who would later fire him.

“Mind your business young man. This is Mzimba, if you don’t take care and try to follow my footsteps you may end up finding yourself in trouble,” he warned.

Separate findings indicate that the driver also uses the vehicle to carry his personal goods using government fuel.

Some residents also claimed that most medics at the facility steal peanuts meant for sick children and sell them outside the hospital.

“We as well suspect some to be selling drugs at this facility just that investigations on the matter have not been done properly. Hospital materials are seen being used at homes of health workers to our surprise,” said Makayiko Soko, a resident in the district.

Publicist for the facility declined to comment on the matter but referred our reporter to the transport manager Mr. Muyaba who also did not comment because he claimed to be on holiday.

“In fact you need to speak with the public relations officer because he is the only one assigned to talk to the media not me. If he declined to comment then I cannot speak on his behalf,” said Muyaba.

District health officer (DHO) for Mzimba was not immediately available to comment on the issue.

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  1. Guys!!!!!! Musadabwe, simunamuwonepo munthu wa mwendo umodzi akuyenda? The same as this car has 3 tyres but is moving mpaka ku bar. Komanso nanu a Driver despite kuti umayendetseyo its a transport for sick people olo ikanakhala njinga yamoto but there’s a word which says:-

    Don’t Drink & Drive

  2. Did the ambulance also refused to be captured at the drinking joint?
    I feel nkhani ndiyongomva,
    Atolankhani athu timafuna nkhani zakupsa osati zongopeka.mutaiona vehicle pa bar chikanavuta kujambula imeneyo mkumatiuza nkhani yoti driver wakana interview ndi chani?
    Go back to ur story zonse ziri mmenemo ndi za akuti.
    The ambulance you are showing to the Malawian Nation ili pa chipatala n grounded.
    Pic yosagwirizana ndi nkhaniyo.
    Mumapupulumanso ma jonalists athu ndi nkhani zosapsa.you are doing yourself more harm than good.
    Then nafe tinena kuti media turns a hospital into a drinking joint.

  3. usaid ambulance driver? aaaaaaaaa pfokofu, ithought u said driver of the car, ambulace is his name, driver sir name, so ur reported the name called ambulace driver of mximba hispital, then its ok.

  4. If iwere the minister of healty i could have promote that driver to be my driver, you know he managed to drive the ambulance with just three tyres whitch simply means he is ahard worker.

  5. That’s stupid he needs to get fired. He is a fool, what if something emergency comes up? He is their to save lives not to waist lives. How can he drive while drunk?

  6. Juma Audrey let’s m’bale wanu wadwala kuyitanitsa ambulance sikubwera ndiye wamwalira chifukwa choti panalibe ambulance yoti imuchite attend and maganizo akupelekedwa woti munthu yu akafika kuchipatala sakanamwalira. Imfayo yakukhudza kwambiri uli ndi stress ndiye wapita pa bar kuti umwe mowa kenako ukuyipedza ambulance ya ambulance yamikidwa pamenepo. Ma ambulance ku Malawi samapita pakhomo pa munthu koma ku Chipatala.

  7. kodi kugwira ntchito mmboma ndichifukwa?mupite maiko anzanu magalimoto aboma amatha kumakhala ngati awo koma sinanga kwathu kuno galimoto imodzi madalaivala 4 ukangomuona nzako ali kunsika nthawi yomweyo phone kwa abwana nanga ngati amafuna hule umafuna akanyenge akazako ma reporter akumpanjedi eeeeee

  8. dat’s rubbish2 hear!why u r looking @ one side! ndi dptments ambiri which abuse their offices ndiye muziwalembatso!

  9. Alot of pple have criticised this page 4 many times due to un balanced and bias stories but it seems u adminis are very dull and u can’t change – the picture is from rumphi hospital yet u are talking of mzimba

  10. Drinking is part of the duty of any police officer,not drivers.THUS WHY THE SAY ON THAT LOG IT SAYS,DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE

  11. inu a Mozambique 24 pachithunzipa ndi bar yanji imeneyi & why showing. a grounded vehicle? Mwina sanakugulire mowa eti ndi Januarytu uyu osamakula moyo odalira

  12. Maybe because the ambulance he was given to drive had 3 tires two in front and one at the back according to this photo.

  13. Ngati anakumana mowa ukanangonena and ur too stupid wamva iwe? iwe zoona uzilimbana ndi driver wa ambulance? can’t u think b4 posting ur stupid stories?iwe umadziwa mmene amagwilira ntchito mwina amakatenga dokotala or male nurse wapa call even female nurse are you a journalist or hospital admnstrator? becz imeneyo ndi ntchito ya adminstrator yowona kuti kodi ma ambulance akuyenda bwanji not you and choti udziwe one day udzasowa thandizo lawo ma driver ukuwanyozawo udzafela pa msewu atapanga breakdown yabodza ngati si iwe ndi mwana wako or mkazi wako iwe mabwana or ma PS even ma minister mayendela ma personal issues galimoto za boma sumaona? your misguided person oky?

  14. Kkkk tiuzaniko zanzelu kut boma lilindipulani iyi kukhalila kukamba zakumzimba bas koma kwathuko kuli voto galimoto yoilemba panyuzi iyi yili apa kufuna kutchuka kut ndinu atolankhan oziwa ntchito iwe umafuna chani ukoko unapeza ambulance iwe umamwa zaziiii

  15. Things changes u want to tell me that pano ambulance ikumayenda ndi ma tyres atatu basi?if its true osaika chithuzi cha ambulance yomwe unaiwonayo bwanji idiot

  16. Packing n drinking using his own money he ws nt suposed to b arested but to b reminded that its working time ndima yesa gat ndi cashget fokofuuuuuuuuu just lv him

  17. If He Only Knew How Hard Job Seeking Is In Malawi, He Wouldnt Have Discharged Himself In That Manner. Too Bad, Poverty Is Knocking At Your Door Step Ambulance Driver.

  18. iiiiii koma wa!!! munthu amaZiPepesa mlaNdu palibe mwina Anali ndi huLe kodi ku bar kuMakhala mowa okha? AkaziNso amakhala koMweko

  19. zachamba pa line pano zithe mwamva ambulasi ya matayala atatu munaiona kuti chonsechotu yaimila pa jeke kungofuna kuipisilana mbili basi. bwanji kungo khala duuuuu nangati mwasowa zotumiza

  20. I WOULD PERSONALLY LIKE TO CONGRATULATE NYASA TIMES CREW FOR THE JOB WELL-DONE,BY EXPOSING EVIL PRACTICES COMMITTED BY SEL-FISH PEOPLE.WE EXPECT MORE FROM YOU,DONT FORGET TO FOLLOW UP THE MISDEMEANER OF BIG FISH.LASTLY,DRIVER AMENEYO MUSAMUSIYE CHONCHO!

  21. I WOULD PERSONALLY LIKE TO CONGRATULATE NYASA TIMES CREW FOR THE JOB WELL-DONE,BY EXPOSING EVIL PRACTICES COMMITTED BY SEL-FISH PEOPLE.WE EXPECT MORE FROM YOU,DONT FORGET TO FOLLOW UP THE MISDEMEANER OF BIG FISH.LASTLY,DRIVER AMENEYO MUSAMUSIYE CHONCHO!

  22. Enemies of progress. Kenaka muzitukwana boma kuti magalimoto ndi ochepa chifukwa cha Zitsiru ngati izi… Its common in malawi… akatero atengeremo mahule azinyawuda nawo kwinaku mapatient akudikira akamwalira muzibwebweta ma capital letters okhaokha mwati BOMA IRI RIKUREPHERA UDINDO WAKE… mkumalipasa ma ultimatum shame!

  23. Enemies of progress. Kenaka muzitukwana boma kuti magalimoto ndi ochepa chifukwa cha Zitsiru ngati izi… Its common in malawi… akatero atengeremo mahule azinyawuda nawo kwinaku mapatient akudikira akamwalira muzibwebweta ma capital letters okhaokha mwati BOMA IRI RIKUREPHERA UDINDO WAKE… mkumalipasa ma ultimatum shame!

  24. mxiiii if the picture dipicted here is anything to go by then this place is not a bottlestore and if it was at a bottlestore we can see the ambulance was breakdown or tyre punctured look the pic properly

  25. mxiiii if the picture dipicted here is anything to go by then this place is not a bottlestore and if it was at a bottlestore we can see the ambulance was breakdown or tyre punctured look the pic properly

  26. I don’t see any reason on that,he was on duty yes bt at that time he was not assigned any duty, it was his free time, using MG vehicle is not a problem anyone can do that, you are reporting senseless

  27. I don’t see any reason on that,he was on duty yes bt at that time he was not assigned any duty, it was his free time, using MG vehicle is not a problem anyone can do that, you are reporting senseless

  28. Zautsiru bar imeneyo? Galimoto ya 4 wheels ingayende ndi 3 wheels? Oky awuze a Ministry amuchotse nchito alembe mwana wa chemwali ako.zau galu!

  29. Zautsiru bar imeneyo? Galimoto ya 4 wheels ingayende ndi 3 wheels? Oky awuze a Ministry amuchotse nchito alembe mwana wa chemwali ako.zau galu!

  30. eee mma hosp. mulibe mankhwala anthunso akufa coz magetsi kulibe kaa anatopa ndi funeral delivery musieni azipepese. mwasowa cholemba eti?

  31. eee mma hosp. mulibe mankhwala anthunso akufa coz magetsi kulibe kaa anatopa ndi funeral delivery musieni azipepese. mwasowa cholemba eti?

  32. Sindikuonapo cholakwika apa. Nanga akanaima pa restaurant mukanati walakwitsanso? Poti ndi pa bala ndiye walakwa. Ndichakumwa chomwe amachikonda. Komanso malo omwe yaima ambulance wa ngati kuli ku bala ndiye kuti kuchipatala ayambako kugulitsa mowa. Perekani umboni woyenera ndi malo omwe driver yo munamupeza osati kujambula ambulance itaima panja pa chipatala ai.

  33. Sindikuonapo cholakwika apa. Nanga akanaima pa restaurant mukanati walakwitsanso? Poti ndi pa bala ndiye walakwa. Ndichakumwa chomwe amachikonda. Komanso malo omwe yaima ambulance wa ngati kuli ku bala ndiye kuti kuchipatala ayambako kugulitsa mowa. Perekani umboni woyenera ndi malo omwe driver yo munamupeza osati kujambula ambulance itaima panja pa chipatala ai.

  34. Mukusowa zolemba eti osangokhala bwanji mesa wamwera zache munthuyo i thought munena kuti mwamupeza akugulitsa fuel kapena mankhwala za ziii asamweko munthu kukhosi kutauma magalimoto onse aboma omwe amapezeka pa mowawa bwa?pezani zina izi ayi mmmmm kulakwa kuyendetsa ya mtanda shame on u ntolonkhani.

  35. Mukusowa zolemba eti osangokhala bwanji mesa wamwera zache munthuyo i thought munena kuti mwamupeza akugulitsa fuel kapena mankhwala za ziii asamweko munthu kukhosi kutauma magalimoto onse aboma omwe amapezeka pa mowawa bwa?pezani zina izi ayi mmmmm kulakwa kuyendetsa ya mtanda shame on u ntolonkhani.

  36. Kumalo komwe kwapangidwa park ambulance sikumowa ndikuchipatala konko. Building imeneyo ingakhale bar. Mwangopita ku kuchipatala ndikukajambula Ambulance . Kumamverana chisoni ntchito ya u driver wa Ambulance sapuma ndiye Anaupeza mpata opuma ndiumenewo.

  37. mukakhuta muzngokabiba. ndalusa kare ndi nkhan ya gayism nde iweso undisokose ndinkhani yako yambwerera iyi usamadyetse

  38. koma page iyi ndiya bodza driver apita bwanji ku bar pa ambulance pomwe ilibe tyre mbali imodzi ? galimoto ndiye kuti inali pa breakdown iye anali pa standby ndimomwe chithunzi chomwe mwationetsa apa

  39. Kkkkk reporters. Why didn’t u ask him. I work there and as part of his duty amakatenga people on call so its possible he went to pick one of those. Remember, parking pa bar does not mean one is drinking. Kumakhala pool, mpira ndi zina. If u have no stories to report then be quiet . u will still get paid.

  40. whats the problem there?naye ndi munthu asamwe?inu simumatenga ur company car kunyamulamo mahule wa ku room?iye anatenga motoka yaku office kwake whats wrong??

  41. whats the problem there?naye ndi munthu asamwe?inu simumatenga ur company car kunyamulamo mahule wa ku room?iye anatenga motoka yaku office kwake whats wrong??

  42. Mmmmm! amalawi nanunso akulimbana ndimunthu oti akudya ndalama zake kmanso mwina munthuyo anali kt wangouyamba kmene küumwa mmalo moti azilimbana ndi acash ghett….alaaaa!!!! shupiti shokani apaaa!!

  43. ATI bill siikuvomezeredwa chifukwa 3 quarters ya atolankhani akumalawi ndimbuli sakudziwa kalembedwe ka nkhani mapeto ake amangotiuza nkhani zopangisa zipolowe!

  44. Kodi anakuuzani kuti ku bar kumakhala mowa wokha ndani? You can park the vehicle @ the pub while taking soft drinks or playing pool even watching soccer anakuuza kuti ku bar ndi kwa anthu akumwa mowa wokha ndani??? Za ziiiiii!!!!!

  45. Ndimaganiza kuti wagwidwa chifukwa amagulitsa fuel wa mu Ambulance. Shaa nkhani yake ndiye iti apa? Walakwa chiyani driver? Reporter wanuyo anasowa zopanga report

  46. guys look at the ambulance has 3 wheels do u think can help transport patients? ??? it was on service look the jack ….malawi 24 sorry for ur damn news kungoononga mbiri ya munthu atolankhaninso anuwo abwerere ku school amenewo mxiew!!!

  47. mxiew!!! thus Malawi 24, you mean he is the only civil servant u have seen or heard tht he is drinking while on duty? ngati sikanali koyamba enawo simunawalembe bwanji? Apolice amamwa while on uniforms why dnt u write them? zaugalu bas kufuna kumuyika muzanu mumamvuto eti? or mukufuna kutchukilapo? mxiew!!!

  48. Mumafuna apite PA kabaza kumowako? ngati Galimoto yoyendera iyeyo anampatsa imeneyi akuyenera kuyendera basi kaya ku Kachasu,ayendere basi.

  49. Zopanda umbon bwanji osamunjambula iyeyo akumwa mowawo koma mwanjambula ambulance yomwe ikuonetsaso kut sili ku bar…….. kapena munayambana naye???

  50. I know this story. The gist of the story is; The reporter and the driver are enemies. That’s why the reporter has written this story wrongly.

  51. Why not?If u don’t drink,don take it as a way of putting ur frnd in hot soup…mpaka plate number?Vuto la ma sober man kuona ngati BAWA yokha nde tchimo…

  52. If this country had a leader who wished this country well, things would be okay even without donor budgetary support. The government or entire public sector including the private sector is rotten from the head. Too much of what’s people call employee benefits. Too much laxity is what has eroded self-discipline and respect public resources. Democracy came too soon before we were politically and socially mature. The “it doesn’t concern me mentality” is our biggest enemy.

  53. This is completely rubbish and nosense what is the matter there was there apattient in the ambulance?the problem with you malawian reporters when you have adisagreement with someone the next thing you do is to publish astupid story concerning that person on front page may be he denied buying you one beer?instead of writting news about hunger which has hit the country about gays is this the news value enough for you to publish?shame on you guys thas why bingu has ignore you the ATI shut up palibe puloblemu pamenepo ngati anai ndi patient?

    • So when you come to terms of drink and drive it is not allowed to drink beer even if it is apersonal car.listen me there is some groceries which mix selling softdrinks and alcohol had it been the ambulance parked there what did this reporter had to say?thats the news without support attached to it we can not believe it

  54. Kutereko driver ameneyu ngakhale anakamuyimbira phone kuti akatenge odwala anakapita amadziwa chomwe akuchita chitsilu ndi iweyo walemba nkhani kufuna kiyipitsa mbiri ya mzako unakakhala dolo ukanaba ambulance ndikumazalemba kuti driver wabetsa ambulance ku mowa unakawonaso ma comment ake. Timawona magalimoto aboma akugwila ntchito za person osati za mziii walemba apazi kuba ndalama za boma ndi kuyimitsa ambulance kumowa choopsa ndi chani? Ukufuna awerenge ndani nkhani yakoyi panga withdraw msanga

  55. nayenso ndimunthu amamva masile komano nawenso umataniko kumowako ndie kuti nawenso umaledzeqa while u r on a duty ya utolankhani mabodza basi

  56. Aaaaaa mwasowa chonena kapenanso mwasowa zolemba eti munthu kumwa walakwitsa? anthu a mmbomamu akuba akupanga zambiri zoophsa osati kumwa mowa,ena akuba ndalama ,kuphana kumene inu mukunena kumwa mowa basi? osamalemba zonyengana amuna okhaokha bwanji? zopusa eti? driver’yo amwe basi usalembenso za mowa wamva mutu wako wamva?

  57. a Malawi 24 tikuziwa atolankhan muli ndi ufulu olemba zindu kuziwisa dziko lonse…..pankhan iyi mwamulakwira munthu yemwe ali driver…nkhat anakana kuti musalembe pali zifukwa zokwanira…inu simugwira kichipatalla kuti muziwiwe shift yomwe anali, simukuzwa kuti anaimba mafon ndipo kumahealth centres kunalibe patient for immediate referral…..y mumangoyang’ana za material resources osat human resources….amamwera zake, mwamva kuti waba fuel? pali ndalama zaboma zomwe zinabedwa mutiuzapo chan….olo zitapezeka tipindulla chan….malo mowauza madonor omwe amathandiza sponsorship ya manurse kuti aphunzre kuti ma nurse akaphunzira sakulembedwa ntchito mwinanso angawapezere ntchito,, aziphunzisi akutha zaka zambiri pakhomo osalembedwa ntchito…ndeno mukuti akawatenga ma patients akawathandze ndan….malo molizuzula boma kuti likuononga ndalama nd ma function opanda ntchito ngat chilebwe day, kuzala mitengo ndi zina zopanda pake muli busy kuti akutengen abwino……..muzilemba zothandza osati zopanda mcherezi

    • but what was he doing with the govt vehicle at a drinking point during working hours? so yu wanted him to be called from a drinking place kukatenga patient ku h/c …..kkkkkkk…while drunk? pathetic…..

    • paranoid….lets nt mix up things…mr Dan sir there is no evidence that this ambulance was assigned to convey patients from health centre to district hospa…ambulances are used in different functions and nt only conveying patients,, some are used in workshops, first aid , education and etc….suppose this ambulance took health practitioneer to workshop and that hour he ws relised waitng for handover, or students were conducting community assessment and later the driver was relised….suppose this ambulance wasnt assigned to take patients in health centres but rather was doing other fuctions either by conveying bosses to meeting and etc….pliz stop jelousing with others jobs….every person is the patient one day and dnt expire someone job wth ur illusions …..

    • paranoid….lets nt mix up things…mr Dan sir there is no evidence that this ambulance was assigned to convey patients from health centre to district hospa…ambulances are used in different functions and nt only conveying patients,, some are used in workshops, first aid , education and etc….suppose this ambulance took health practitioneer to workshop and that hour he ws relised waitng for handover, or students were conducting community assessment and later the driver was relised….suppose this ambulance wasnt assigned to take patients in health centres but rather was doing other fuctions either by conveying bosses to meeting and etc….pliz stop jelousing with others jobs….every person is the patient one day and dnt expire someone job wth ur illusions …..

    • Very sad. Umean Chilembwe Day cerebrations awaste of resources and u are shamellesely comparing it with this shameless driver? Is ur head functioning normal????which part of malawi are u coming from?? Shame on u..

    • Very sad. Umean Chilembwe Day cerebrations awaste of resources and u are shamellesely comparing it with this shameless driver? Is ur head functioning normal????which part of malawi are u coming from?? Shame on u..

    • mr yassin sir ….ignorance z a disease…….do you know that john chilebwe ndiphuma lake lothamangisa azungu analiika zikoli pa uphawi,,, ku south africa azungu anathamangisidwa atamanga zinthu zambiri komanso atabweresa chuma choopsa end ena anawasiya kuti apitilize kuthandza…….akulu chilebwe palibe anachitapo musanamizidwe, nthawi yomwe akati akabe zida anamugwira ndikumumanga and zinathera pompo…do you tnk azunguo anathawana chilebwe atafa….sizingatheke yet anangowapalamulira nkhondo anthu osala…munthu opupuluma koma opanda nzeru chifukwa tili amphawi mpaka lero….reform iyende pa zinthu ngat izi……..kumazindkira osamamgoganiza za ma 80s baba isi…

  58. kusowa chokamba basi mesa amanjoya ndi galimoto ya kuntchito kwake ndi yake amayendera, odwala ndi omwalira amakwera ikaphweka odwala kwambiri ndi iyeyo

  59. so z dat fuck..d up vehiche in da pic spicing up da story?if its dat car he waz using am sorry even me i can go BOOZING dan driving dat death trap….

  60. Boma la Malawi Lidavomereza kuti munthu ali ndi Ufulu ochita zomwe akufuna nde ine sindikuwonapo cholakwika kwanga mkuthokoza basi kuti mwandidziwitsa..

  61. I think using his own money to buy beer at bar where this reporter also went to drink beer is bad considering that the said driver is was on duty driving a govt ambulance. Good work reporter Malawi deserves such stories other than what’s happening right there at the Hospital.

  62. An ambulance depicted in the story looks to be not functional. Did you expect its driver to be inside it while waiting to be maintained? Is it a reason to leave it in the condition it is and go into a bar for a drink? Be serious with your reporting and evidence. With have different analytical skills and I think the reporter has done undesirable work.

  63. ndimamwa naye limoz leloso tikumwa ambulasyo ili panjapo emwe akufuna abwele aitenge kusowa nkhan et tizamwa mpaka kale

  64. Sopano iweyo ukutumiza nkhaniyi ukuganiza kuti amuchotse ntchito? Sukudziwa kuti mdziko muno muli njala?Umafuna adziyendetsa ali ndi njala akachititsa ngozi pamsewu uzimunenanso? kapena amanyamula matola kuti amaononga fuel wa boma? Please try to write positive information that can depict the true image of Malawians.Thats why donors are withdrawing their aid.

  65. Ndiyo ntchito ya atolankhani amaulutsa zomwe inu simumayembekezela, mukamapanga za mseli muzidziwa kuti pali ena amene akuona! Atola nkhani ndi maso adziko!

  66. I should disagree with you on this one why are you people writing a lot of negative stories about ministry of health how many government workers are doing that?People are building houses using government vehicles, you are here talking of a driver who just parked the car outside a bar he wasnt abusing it.

  67. This is very common and i know what ism talking about. Ambulances are also used as matola. I remember having been refused to accompany dead body of a friend to his village by the driver. I wanted to get back using the same as i was on duty. The driver told point blank that he will take matola on his way back and i would make him lose some money with the space i will occupy! Cant blame him. Starts from the top

  68. Uli naye chifukwa. Munthu oyipa iwe. Driver yo alibe mabwana ake okuti angamamufufuze pamene ali. Munthu onyasa maganizo iwe. Utolankhani opanda nawo sukulu. You think every story is a story. Heee! Koma zilikoliko. Mbuuuzii.

  69. Pali anthu ambiri omwe akusakasaka ntchito kopa osayipeza,bwanji boma likulekelera anthu osalemekeza ntchito yawo osawachotsa ndikulemba omwe akusawukira ntchitowo?

  70. Chintheche hospital ndi chizolowezi kupita nayo kumowa ambulance, mafumu, mapolice amadziwa zimenezi. Mpakana kunyamulila matola. Chonde fikani pa chintheche amalawi 24. Koma munthu akafuna chithandizo amati mafuta palibe nthawi yomweyo ambulance alinayo kumowa. Amumudzi amaopa kukasuma chifukwa angazamanidwe mankhwala atadwala, amangokhala chete. Ine zimandiwawa kwambili.

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