By Draxon Maloya
Former Deputy Mayor of the City of Mzuzu, Alexander Mwakikunga has joined other stakeholders in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic by donating face masks in Zolozolo township.
Speaking when he donated the 500 face masks, Mwakikunga said the gesture was made possible with funding from his long time Scottish partner whom he came to know while serving as deputy mayor.
He said this is not the first time his partner has assisted with funding to help people of Mzuzu having also provided about K2 million meant for the replanting of trees in the Mzuzu Dual Carriage Highway.
“I decided to come and assist with a little I can bearing in mind that I am always their servant and also you might be aware that some community members in the city cannot afford to buy a face mask in these days when it is mandatory to do so,” Mwakikunga said.
However, the former deputy city chief denied any political ambition attached to his gesture having contested and failed in the 2019 parliamentary election.
Seniors Blockleader and the councillor for Zolozolo East ward Elwyn Kumwenda who witnessed presentation of the donation hailed Mwakikunga for the job well done considering that people in his area have always been threatened by the pandemic since the first covid-19 case in Mzuzu was identified in Zolozolo Township.
“What the former deputy Mayor has done is very commendable considering that the first victim of coronavirus was identified here in shanty township of Zolozolo where a majority live below poverty line and cannot afford buying face marks hence being vulnerable to contract covid-19,” …..said.
Mwakikunga was part of the Mzuzu City Council which was on record having managed to maintain good hygiene practices in the garbage collection and also become exemplary among all the town councils in the country in the revenue collection exercise.