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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.

Government pays K128 million allowances to students in diasporaMalawi Government has paid K128 million to students…

Posted by Malawi Government on Friday, May 15, 2020

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.

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