The Democratic Prgressive Party (DPP) has borrowed millions from the local government to finance its campaign. The minister of local government, Kondwani Nankhumwa has told DPP MPs and councillors that currently the local government has no money to help people whose houses have fallen because of the rains.
Accordng to Nankhumwa the funds will only be made available when the DPP returns the money.
A Ward councillor from Blantyre said that victims of the disaster will suffer because the funds have been borrowed by the governing party.
"I am DPP but this is not the way of doing things, houses have fallen and others are falling in Blantyre because of the the continued down pour.
" We talked to the minister for assistance but what he told us is disheartening," said the ward councillor, adding:
"He told us that no money can be released because the DPP has borrowed local development funds.
"According to Nankhumwa those whose houses have fallen will be assisted only when the DPP pays back the borrowed funds.
"He told us that governmennt will return the money soon so people must have not panic.
"MlHeavy rains in Blantyre have destroyed houses and property worth millions and it is feared the disaster will become catastrophic if the rains continue falling.