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Govt might be lying about assisting Diaspora students on COVID-19; China based Malawian students pen govt for assistance

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha disclosed this on Friday at a news conference in Lilongwe.

The Malawi Government in a message on its Facebook Page claimed it had made payments to 300 students to help with COVID-19, however Maravipost has contacted a few Embassies that were unaware that such a programme existed as we wanted to find out how other affected students could submit their applications for assistance.

we have received information that Malawian students who are currently studying in China have written the government to include all of them in the Covid-19 relief programme; so as to help them out of the plight they are in.

According to the letter to the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, the students are facing financials hurdles due to the lockdown China put in place so as to contain further spread of Coronavirus.

“We would have appreciated if the help to alleviate the financial plight faced by students in China reached every student who has been here in China since the outbreak was noted to the present

day of writing this communication and not doing it as selectively as it appears.

 We are not even convinced of the selection criterion used to identify the current beneficiaries as we discovered

that other students from other countries are equally complaining about this.

“Therefore, we the concerned Malawian international students in China are requesting your office to include us as beneficiaries on Covid-19 relief. This humble request is coming after our names were missing despite tough conditions, we are facing due to Covid-19 lockdown which is underway clocking the fifth month now. The Lockdown in China has resulted to international students facing severe challenges in our sustenance,” reads the letter in part.

The students have also indicated that K128 million the government used to assist them is not enough for all of them.

Since January this year, most countries have been in lockdown due to Coronavirus, which started in Wuhan, China late last year. The situation has impeded the normal way of life.

Over two 2 million people, across the globe, have died of Covid-19.

Richard Kayenda
Richard Kayenda
I hold a bachelor's degree in languages obtained from Mzuzu University. Since 2016, I have been working for Maravi Post as a reporter of local news; particularly from the Northern Region of Malawi. My main news areas are politics, business, sports and many more. Besides reporting, I also write news analyses on current affairs just to share informed opinions on news that matter in Malawi. By now I have a five year practical experience in online news reporting and I look forward to growing more professionally while raising the bar of Maravi Post; in order to make it a household name, as we keep our readership informed, edutained and updated on a daily basis.


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