22 September 2016 Last updated at: 1:37 AM

Mutharika uses UN platform to plead for poor Malawians case

…wants US$246 million

Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday went on the biggest of political stages to ask for support on the hunger crisis in the country.

Mutharika sought the assistance while addressing the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, USA.

Peter Mutharika- UN

Peter Mutharika: Malawi needs help.

Over 6.5 million people in Malawi this year require food assistance due to low food production during the last growing season.

The Malawi leader told the audience that his government is currently doing all it can to provide food for the hunger victims.

“However, we need and seek external support of our cooperating partners and multilateral institutions within and outside the UN systems. We still need US$246 million for this cause,” Mutharika said.

He added that if Malawi can get the money, the country will be able to end the hunger crisis.

Mutharika also told the dignitaries that Africa and the rest of the world is suffering from dehumanizing poverty, the pain of hunger, disgraceful inequalities and unjustifiable gender imbalances.

He added that most of the tragedies and challenges being experienced, are man-made and the solutions lie in people’s hands.

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