In an effort to end water shortage that has hit hard in the areas of Traditional Authorities Ngabu and Masache in Chikwawa,Member of Parliament for Chikwawa South, Illy Abdul Karim has donated four boreholes in the two areas worth about 14 million kwacha.
Speaking during the hand over ceremony of the boreholes to the community which was held in Mchacha village in the area of T/A Ngabu in the district, Karim said the problem of water scarcity in the two areas had caused much to panic to the communities as they were forced themselves to travel long distances to fetch water,while putting them on security risks as well.
According to the legislator,there were also fears that the areas might face the outbreak of water borne diseases including cholera as the people were being forced to live under unhygienic conditions due to incessant water shortages.
However,during the ceremony,the Chikwawa South MP also blamed the Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi(ESCOM) for its persistent blackouts that lead the water body utility to fail supplying flesh water to its customers.
Meanwhile,one of the community members, Mrs Fatness Thom from Lombe village in the area of chief Ngabu,has hailed the Member of Parliament for his timely assistance saying people in the area were in a critical situation.
“Let me thank Hon.Illy Karim for drilling boreholes in our area. At first,we were struggling a lot to access safe drinking water in our area. We woke up early in the morning so we should be able to access water in wells, sometimes we went back home without water as we scrambled a lot to access the precious water. “Most of the times our children were going to school without bathing due to water problem”,lamented Mrs Thom.
Hon. Karim has however said he will lobby for more support from his partners so as to drill more boreholes in the constituency.