A mourning nation, leaders finally jump into front

…Chakwera declares 14 day of mourning 

…Mutharika appears in BT

…Msaka, Nankhumwa visits Mulanje Malawian leaders finally emerged in the front to lead recovery efforts as citizens had taken charge to feed and support each other.

President Lazarus Chakwera and former President Peter Mutharika appeared in Blantyre, while DPP presidential aspirants Kondwani Nankhumwa and Bright Msaka appeared in Mulanje to offer support to victims of Cyclone Freddy.

Wife to the Vice President, Mary Chilima was also in Blantyre after reports emerged that her husband Saulos  Chilima had been stopped from visiting Cyclone areas. 

Help is yet to reach some areas of TA Malemia, Ndamela and Mbenje in Nsanje where rivers have swollen and are flooding.

225 people were confirmed dead by Wednesday when President Lazarus Chakwera emerged in Blantyre dressed in a two piece black suit and hamburg hat that caused stir on social media. 

His handlers quickly noted the anomaly and gave him a rain coat when he appeared later at a funeral for 28 victims in Chilobwe.

In a National Address later President Chakwera said the devastation was unimaginable and pledged his government efforts to ease the pain.

On his part Mutharika said his residence in Nguludi would take 76 families whose village has been razed down.

Msaka who visited Mulanje and Machinga districts described the effected areas as in dire need calling for more help to reach places outside Blantyre City.

Elsewhere philanthropy initiative by Onjezani Kenani and Dr Thandi Hara Msulira continued to raise funds from shocked Malawians who are donating almost everything to ease the effects of the Cyclone.

The efforts are being repeated by Malawians across the world.

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