Life after serving in the civil service is not a joke at all considering the hardship met after being removed on the payroll.
Such was life for 50 year-old Clement Mukhumbwa, a retired secondary school teacher at Chitipa Boma, Northern part of Malawi.
Mukhumba found solace from a small business he was running at the district for survival.
When Airtel Malawi introduced the Yabooka promotion, he did not hesitate but to enter into it.
Under Airtel Yabooka promotion customers won six brand new Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicles.
Lucky smiled at him and he was the first recipient of the bi-weekly prize of a brand new Toyota Hilux Pick-up in the promotion.
Receiving his prize, a visibly excited Mukumbwa who now operates as a building contractor at the boma expressed happiness and was all praises of Airtel.
“I didn’t expect to win and this car is a blessing and an answer to all transport problems in my business”, he said , adding that it will help boost his operations.
Jane Mwanyongo Kholiyo, a Lilongwe based subscriber won the same prize during ninth draw which took place at the company’s headquaters in Lilongwe.
“This is a dream come true to me as all along I have wished to drive a car one day. I am very happy that God has finally answered my prayers,” said Kholiyo who is a farmer.
Speaking at the launch of the promotion, Airtel Marketing Director Enwell Kadango said the company is pleased to be reaching out to all corners of the country including at the tip of the country like Chitipa district.
“Our coming this far to present this prize to our first winner in Chitipa proves that our network spreads far and wide throughout Malawi,” said Kadango.
He added, “This unflinching support and loyalty to our brand calls for a massive reward as reciprocal altruism follows a well-known saying that; ‘One good turn, deserves another.”
Other prizes in the promotion included MK250, 000 cash to three people every week, MK100,000 cash to another three lucky winners, 25,000 kwachas, two bicycles per district every week and K1,000 airtime to 200 people every week.
Apart from consumer prizes, there are also Airtel Yabooka retailers prizes which include 5 maize meals, Motor bikes, motor cycles, Treadle pumps and airtime worth K20, 000 and K10, 000 among others.