Man forced to carry dead body on his back

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A man in Chitipa district was on Thursday forced to carry the dead body of his niece on his back, a situation a prominent religious leader says embodies the sad state of affairs in Malawi.

According to reports reaching Malawi24, the man who was together with his nephew (the deceased’s brother) was forced to carry the dead body due to unavailability of ambulance at Wenya Health Centre in the district.

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka seen sympathizing with the man by the road side. (FB Image)

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church who met the man and his nephew while travelling in Chitipa said the family saw no other way of taking the remains of the child to their home which is 25 kilometres away from the health facility.

According to Mtumbuka, the girl was taken to the health centre on Wednesday morning but health workers only attended to her in the evening of the same day.

She died hours later and the family said she had insufficient blood.

When Mtumbuka met the family, they told him the girl’s mother was coming behind them.

“The reason why only the boy and uncle are seen in these pictures is that I gave them a lift when they stopped me. They told me the mother was following far way behind them,” said the Bishop.

Meanwhile, Mtumbuka has lamented the horrible situations Malawians in rural areas are subjected to.

He suggested that Malawians are grappling with such challenges because authorities have failed.

Mtumbuka however said these horrible experiences are totally unacceptable in a functioning state.

Said Mtumbuka: “When we say we have failed some people in this country some people think we are only ungrateful people who have nothing to say.

“But what should these very poor and troubled souls thank the people of this country for? Is there anybody who really cares about them? I suppose they are important in so far as they can vote and clap hands.”

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  1. Zonyamula maliro Ku msana zimachitika ngakhale ku Lilongwe kuno. Koma kungoti anthufe tili ndi chizondi ndi anthu ena, tilibe chikondi komaso chilungamo. Padziko sizingatheka mavuto kuthetsedwa, mwina atha kungochepetsedwako pang’ono basi. Tiyeni tizilemba zomanga dziko. Mipingo ndiyomweso ili ndi nkhaza kwambiri, kutolera chopereka kwa anthu osauka nkumagula magalimoto, kuvala zodula, kugona malo abwino amphawi akuyendabe pansi komaso kuvutika mu njila zambiri.

  2. Stupidity when consumes people.Problems happens to everybody and family and pushing the blame on innocent people is greatest sin.Or should we blame God for death ?Zaziii fed up with trouble shooters do you want us to narrate our problems and should we blame others for every problem?What is the role of our relations community members Churches big ones for that matter being outshined by even Salanje Bushiri individuals shame on big idling Churches busy collecting money from Christians nonsense!

  3. Stupidity when consumes people.Problems happens to everybody and family and pushing the blame on innocent people is greatest sin.Or should we blame God for death ?Zaziii fed up with trouble shooters do you want us to narrate our problems and should we blame others for every problem?What is the role of our relations community members Churches big ones for that matter being outshined by even Salanje Bushiri individuals shame on big idling Churches busy collecting money from Christians nonsense!

  4. Its a very bad development but I’m not seeing any reason of pointing finger to the president, what is wrong with the president what is the duty of the DC there,what about the DHO there,how about the MP there, even the NGO s there,even the churches themselves that are sourcing money from the poor every Saturdays and Sundays there.Let’s learn to help ourselves rather waiting for the government every time.

  5. its not a strange thing to carry adead body on a back as long as its a young child dead body. only that this time with little development we see people carrying even small dead bodies in cars. but according to our culture in the north there is nothing strange even at my home eswazini such things have ever happened, there is no mihlolo (mwikho) so don’t exagerate things, to hell this is africa and in particular malawi

  6. I remember late 90s people used to carry maliro pachitanda, amanyamula paphewa from the hospital mpaka kukafika malo amene maliro akupita, sikuti amakhala achibaleso onyamula ake ayi koma anthu akufuna kwabwino, amati akachoka pachipatala mudzi umene awupeze oyambilirawo ndi umene umanyamula to the next village respectively, but Malawi malero alibe chikondi

  7. Stop point finger to Presdent if uknow the way where presedent can find money just go and tell him there’s not only one hosPita in Malawi so he can’t manage to follow up every hospital I order to know wats goiing on there so it’s better to know Hw can we depend on ourselves .this happens in so many areas not only there in chitipa no plz if something happen try to solve our problem without pointing finger to someone who even don’t know what happen in our area.may almighty God comfort all the mourners n give them brave to accept this is the way everyone will go to heaven .RIP our ANGEL

  8. Ine apa chonena ndilibe,changa ndichisoni chokha Mulungu azatipatsa mtsogoleri wanzeru,kaya silero olo mawa koma ndithu Mulungu azayankha.Ndani amadziwa kuti chuma kuZambia chingakwele?Nafenso zizachitika Mulungu amazipasa mbava nthawi yochepa kuti zilamulire.Ntheradi MCP ikazabweleranso mmboma izalamuliranso zaka 31.

  9. A BISHOP NDE AYANKHULATU KOMA MMENE AYANKHULIRA NDIKUGANIZA KUTI KODI AMAFUNA PRESIDENT ADZIGULA YEKHA MANKHWALA ADZIYENDETSA YEKHA MA AMBULANCI ADZIPANGA MA OPERATION DZIPATALAMU YEKHA ZILIPO ZAMBIRI PRESIDENT UTHENGA AMALIMBIKITSA KOMA VUTO KUTI TITHANDIZANE NTCHITO DZIKOLI NDILATHU KOMA KUMANGOTUKWANA PRESIDENT PALIBE CHOMWE CHITATHANDIZE NDE POTI MA BISHOP NOMWENU NDIAMENE MUNKATI BOMA LISINTHE NDE LINASINTHATU PANO MUKUFUNA CHANI POMALIZA WABWINO ALI KUTI MUKUNGOTI UYU OIPA UYU OYIPA TIPATSENI WABWINO SIMUNASINTHA NOKHA MA PASTORAL LETTERS NDE MWALEMBA KOOPSA

  10. Guys pali zinthu zina timafunika kuvomereza kuti zimachitika. Kodi munthu angayitanise Ambulance kuchoka ku chitipa kupita ku wenya kukanyamula malilo? kodi inuyo atakupasani udindo wa transport officer nde pali ma case awiri mzimayi akutaya magazi ku lobour word ku misuku komanso kuli mwana woti wamwalila kale akufuna transport yoti yikanyamule maliro kuchoka chipatala chachingono kupita ku mudzi inuyo ambulance mungaipitise kuti? chiganizo mungapangecho mutiuze , kudi chiganizocho kukhala kuti ndinu olephera nthito?

  11. maybe we must give white people a chance maybe we can see a change coz black leadership everything is black!!

  12. Zomvesa chisoni ndiye ma nurse kukhala kumakomplaina zamalipilo awo kt ndiochepa chonsecho akutha ķuona kt boma likulephela kugulà zipangizo zokwanila mzipatalamu mumaganiza bwanji anthunu

  13. Its really sad to note. But we have to know that it happens in other areas too not only in Chitipa. This is a reflection of our present state. It’s due to insufficient resources but this is pathetic.

  14. Its really sad to note. But we have to know that it happens in other areas too not only in Chitipa. This is a reflection of our present state. It’s due to insufficient resources but this is pathetic.

    • True Sibweni people must learn to read and understand the story then comments. That’s why we have lots amen comments where it’s not even necessary to do so.

  15. This is Africa,black governments don’t care at all….when Malawi,Zambia and Zimbabwe were a Federation Of Nyasaland and Rhodesia under the British rule,black people used to have access to best medical facilities and best schools and best houses and excellent services from Government….Black governments are a disgrace

  16. This is Africa,black governments don’t care at all….when Malawi,Zambia and Zimbabwe were a Federation Of Nyasaland and Rhodesia under the British rule,black people used to have access to best medical facilities and best schools and best houses and excellent services from Government….Black governments are a disgrace

    • At least we had clean water,access to good hospitals,access to High quality free education,Governments provided decent housing …..you are rich that’s why you see everything is okay for u,but I feel for the poor whom I come face to face with everyday,take your time and walk in their shoes u will know what I’m talking about….when I say black governments are a disgrace and are pathetic

    • At least we had clean water,access to good hospitals,access to High quality free education,Governments provided decent housing …..you are rich that’s why you see everything is okay for u,but I feel for the poor whom I come face to face with everyday,take your time and walk in their shoes u will know what I’m talking about….when I say black governments are a disgrace and are pathetic

    • There was mo clean water during the error of British rule qe used local wells together wit our animals we paid school fees there was slavery in the African countries please don’t be against black people Remember this is Africa for Africans and we are proud pf being Africans

    • I see u enjoy the story of this poor uncle that he had to carry a dead child on his back because your Government,the one u are proud of…….makes life of ordinary Malawi citizen miserable,for Christ’s sake have a heart not satan as your heart……I forgot maybe u are muslim and you don’t have a heart

    • #mr #vint “if you are not careful,the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed,and loving the people who are doing the oppressing” proud one to be a #muslim

    • Its a disgrace that you claim whites were never good to you,today you know how to write your name let alone write english,then you say whites were never good to you………I don’t blame you,black minds are always ungrateful.

  17. Zimachitika kubeleka maliro sizachilendo izi ngati palibe transport pamafunika kuganiza mofulumira chochi muzaoletsa mtembo kudikira ambulance yachipatala kumamidzi izi zotheka ndipo zikuchitika”

  18. Zimachitika kubeleka maliro sizachilendo izi ngati palibe transport pamafunika kuganiza mofulumira chochi muzaoletsa mtembo kudikira ambulance yachipatala kumamidzi izi zotheka ndipo zikuchitika”

  19. President olo atiyesesa bwanji palibe chichika mziko muno,boma lotere ndiye kuti chisankho chinavuta.Olo atasankhanso kubera so basi ndi choncho.akuba kukusokoneza

  20. President olo atiyesesa bwanji palibe chichika mziko muno,boma lotere ndiye kuti chisankho chinavuta.Olo atasankhanso kubera so basi ndi choncho.akuba kukusokoneza

  21. President olo atiyesesa bwanji palibe chichika mziko muno,boma lotere ndiye kuti chisankho chinavuta.Olo atasankhanso kubera so basi ndi choncho.akuba kukusokoneza

  22. Nobofy is appreciati that Wenya is electrified,Modern Sec xul,Health centre,Police unit,Admarc,Nkhumano CDSS,2 primary schools,APEA plus the road the bishop used to get there.The thing is that we promote negativities so easily instead of being participatory the the solution strategy.We always question where is the government yet we are part of it.

  23. Nobofy is appreciati that Wenya is electrified,Modern Sec xul,Health centre,Police unit,Admarc,Nkhumano CDSS,2 primary schools,APEA plus the road the bishop used to get there.The thing is that we promote negativities so easily instead of being participatory the the solution strategy.We always question where is the government yet we are part of it.

  24. Nobofy is appreciati that Wenya is electrified,Modern Sec xul,Health centre,Police unit,Admarc,Nkhumano CDSS,2 primary schools,APEA plus the road the bishop used to get there.The thing is that we promote negativities so easily instead of being participatory the the solution strategy.We always question where is the government yet we are part of it.

  25. Hhhhh zovuta zedi koma izizi zimachitika ndithu abale mwana otisiyayo amakhala wamng’ono anthu transport alibe chipatalanso chilibe transport amakhala walkable distance kuthandiza kwake munthu ungatani? Basitu mwini mwana aamatsogola or kutsaa mb’uyo guardian olimba mtima amabapa mwanayo pamsana ngati wamoyo njila yonse salira amakalira akatsala pang’ono kufika ndpo izi sizachilendo

  26. Hhhhh zovuta zedi koma izizi zimachitika ndithu abale mwana otisiyayo amakhala wamng’ono anthu transport alibe chipatalanso chilibe transport amakhala walkable distance kuthandiza kwake munthu ungatani? Basitu mwini mwana aamatsogola or kutsaa mb’uyo guardian olimba mtima amabapa mwanayo pamsana ngati wamoyo njila yonse salira amakalira akatsala pang’ono kufika ndpo izi sizachilendo

  27. Hhhhh zovuta zedi koma izizi zimachitika ndithu abale mwana otisiyayo amakhala wamng’ono anthu transport alibe chipatalanso chilibe transport amakhala walkable distance kuthandiza kwake munthu ungatani? Basitu mwini mwana aamatsogola or kutsaa mb’uyo guardian olimba mtima amabapa mwanayo pamsana ngati wamoyo njila yonse salira amakalira akatsala pang’ono kufika ndpo izi sizachilendo

  28. Mmmmm m’dala amaneyo ndiopanda panyazi plus chisoni, amafuna kut malirowo ayende okha??mukafuna Swag kumaona kaye situation guyz.

  29. Mmmmm m’dala amaneyo ndiopanda panyazi plus chisoni, amafuna kut malirowo ayende okha??mukafuna Swag kumaona kaye situation guyz.

  30. He was nt forced bt he had no choice as her niece died at the hospital so theys no any other means of taking the dead body home apart from him carrying the body on his back! its just that our country doesnt even hv ambullances for these rural areas, its very sad! may the soul of the little angel rest into internal peace ! ur mum , ur brother & ur uncle tried everything they cud bt God loved u most sweet!

    • julius that’s a very painful situation….somebody is wearing designer suits,his grand children have the best medical care overseas but he makes people suffer like this? This government is pathetic including the leader he is nothing but an asshole

    • julius that’s a very painful situation….somebody is wearing designer suits,his grand children have the best medical care overseas but he makes people suffer like this? This government is pathetic including the leader he is nothing but an asshole

  31. koma #Malawi24 pano ndasiya ku kukulupirira inu nkhani zina m’malemba zaboza, ine ndili kuno kuchitipa sindinamvepo nkhani yimeneyi ndunu aboza eti!! bora a zodiak.

  32. Our president has no problem. His gvt trimed education budget and increased statehouse budged. What does this tell you Malawians?

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