Nankhumwa worried with food insecurity

Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa has expressed worry over increased reports of food insecurity being reported in some parts across the country.

Nankhumwa sounded the concern in Parliament when he questioned minister responsible for disaster management affairs as to when the Department will start distributing food to needy households.

He said: “We have received report from deputy minister of agriculture and some other ministers that this country has got enough food which is contrary to the situation that is on the ground.”

“And that was supported by the report by Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) which said that there are millions of people across the country who are facing acute hunger.”

The Opposition Leader, who is also lawmaker for Mulanje Central cited some parts of southern and eastern regions which he said are facing acute hunger as their crops were affected by dry spell and heavy rains.

“There are people in some other parts across the country who did not harvest enough owing to heavy rains and of course dry spells,” said Nankhumwa.

“So in that circumstance, there is need government to come in immediately giving those people some relief food which has not happened up to now, so my interest was to ask government to make sure those people facing acute food shortage should be reached out with food items.”

Responding to the concern, government Chief Whip Kezzie Msukwa who was responding to the questions on behalf of ministry for disaster management affairs said government will start distributing food to the affected households next month.

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