Vice-president Saulos Chilima over the weekend opted to attend a church service after he snubbed the funeral of four learners who died after a school block wall fell on them in Zomba district.
Chilima as Minister responsible for Disaster Management on Sunday opted to attend a Golden Jubilee of St Charles Luwanga Parish in same Zomba district, just two days after he delegated his junior officers to attend the funeral services of the deceased.
Four learners of Natchengwa Primary School Sub-Traditional Authority (Sub-T/A) Ngwelero in Mayaka, Zomba died on June 6th, 2018 after a wall of a substandard school block fell on them due to heavy winds.
Some learners who sustained injuries are currently in hospitals and at home.
According to head teacher, Blazio Liviere, the incident has cast a dark shadow over the school, and many learners are still traumatized.
“We are in a state of shock,” said Liviere, who heads a school of about 900 learners.
Traditional Authority Ngwerero, who was part of the rescue operation that ferried the injured to Zomba General Hospital, blamed the accident on the weak structure that the communities built with financial assistance from the School Improvement Grants (SIG).
Ngwerero appealed to the government to ensure that the grants are managed in consultation with development committees at area and village level, which he said is not the case right now.
He said because of lack of proper supervision, local contractors were cutting corners, putting lives of learners at risk. NE