More than 980 households in Kabompo district of Northwestern province are said to be eating one meal per day because of shortage of maize in the area.

This is according to the disaster and epidemic preparedness committee report, which was made available to ZANIS in Kabompo today.

The report says the worst hit areas are Chikenge, which has 111 affected households in Chief Kalunga’s area.

Dikolonga has 102 households in Chief Chiyengele’s area and Watopa has 92 house holds in Senior Chief Sikufele’s area, who are said to be eating one meal per day.

Other areas affected are Mayawu, Kashinakaji, Kayombo, Mbulundu and Mulundu, Katuba, Mumbeji, Chitapalova, Chifuwe, Chikokwelo, Kawanda, Kasamba, Kulwashi and Manyinga.

The report attributed the hunger situation in Kabompo to uncontrolled sale of cassava chips and maize by small scale farmers to unscrupulous traders from a foreign country.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has also cited the heavy rains and floods which destroyed crops in the fields last season as some of the reasons for shortage of food.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. I am saddened and surprised because Kabompo is also a Cassava area and cassava is very good for food security.

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  2. So these guys sold there food to some traders from a foreign country. Can’t blame them as they needed the money to buy some other stuff. People never think of tomorrow. I wonder who is to blame for this.

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  3. this is too bad. i can imagine, the pain that these people go through. children look up to parents and parents have nothing to give. i wonder what goes on in their minds because i work and sometimes i am pennyless and i have nowhere to run to and the town children want breakfast, tea or snack at 10, lunch and tea or snack or poridge (which they call 16) then supper.
    we have a Government but kaya!

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  4. Let the chaps starve. The are the same people who vote en masse for a useless Government ! Infact I will not be expecting any visitors to my house. Over tu Sugar, you vote in a failure……go and eat from Teta’s house maybe you will find mpombo meat there

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  5. What is new? I was a member of DDMC in Kalabo District and if only a thousand people were having a meal a day, there was no crisis.At least they were having a meal. There is hunger in Zambia people.

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  6. There is something I do not understand about food production in Zambia: (1) we are blessed with land and appropriate rainfall that we can harvets three times pera annum, yet we only do it once in a year. Why? (2) Even when the rains come in abundance, there is still hunger because apparently such rains wash away the crops. Can’t we think opf cultivation methods that can stop this? (3) Most of the Zambians depend on maize. But we know there are tribes that depend on sorghum and/or cassava. Why are these sources of carbohydrates not widely consumed in Zambia? (4) Finally, we have abumper harvets which usually happens every second or third year, we don’t we stotre food for the lean years? :((:((:((

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  7. RB & Veep please dont let your poor zambians die of hunger when your bellies are now bulging. Do not ever compare your country to us here in Zim. Also know that these are the people that needed to benefit from your so called K50pin fertilizer subsidy. Muzachiona lelo.

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  8. Kabompo, MMD strong hold,tuleculila pamo,am even better because am having uncoutable meals per hour. ask nyamasoya to bring you relief food, moreover you are MMD cadre’s why can’t you complain to your MP,kabinga pande who promised you heavens.

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  9. Twachula mwe,for how long are people going to carry on like this while others in govt dont even feel it.its too much very soon people will start dying of hunger like it was in ethiopia some years back.everything starts from somewhere…

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  10. #7 Ba Maureen, you are a very useless creature on this block and you have got no brains whatsoever!Learn to address issues and not the kind of prejudice you are putting accross. Where there is a problem an objective solution is needed and it does not matter where one comes from or who they voted for. Ofcourse Gorvernment has it’s own failures that we are always condeming but on matters of the wellbeing of our citizery no one should be subjective but rather be objective for the best interests of our people.

    If we were to look only for those who voted for ‘WHO’ other people could have died already in thousands, to areas which did not vote for this Govt from either Hunger,Chorela e.t.c

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  11. Pinkly, you are always Objctive continue with the good Job.You deserve to be a Zambian!

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  12. #17 Please dont expose your embecile brains online. If you gat no one to chat with or nothing to do, why not try kissing my rich a.s.s. Moron ! Please dont ever address me in anyway whatsoever coz i dont know you neither do i want to because you s.t.i.n.k !

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  13. ba Nine Chale mule tontonkanya…
    we needed pipo who could force change to come…
    Sata was to be the man…mukamba RB…work with the man..
    otherwise balafwa abantu..

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  14. Marcus Garvey said de Livity a go lick yu like sledge. Marley said many more will have to suffer & many more will have to die…don’t ask me why.

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  15. “More than 980 households in Kabompo district of Northwestern province are said to be eating one meal per day because of shortage of maize in the area.”

    Sad though at least they havwe something to eat. I hope for the best in future especially on preparedness for such eventualities.

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  16. I fail to understand why these villagers have stopped growing their traditional foods like sorghum and cassava and opt to grow GM maize which needs maize. Cassava and sorgum are drought resistant and not affected by too much rainful. Someone needs to teach these villagers how to manage their food otherwise, they will sell it to Congolese. Besides they shouldn’t complain but go to Teta and RB who they voted for. They are having a meal a day while RB is feteing his children who are older than his wife. Sad……

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  17. No.23 Maestro Hhe Hhe – “Sad though they have something to eat….”. Come on maestro; having one unbalanced meal in a day is not okey and will never be okey. Guys you should not settle for less. The government has the responsibility of ensuring that everyone has enough to eat. The situation in Kabompo is indeed sad.

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  18. Ba Maureen, you are a failure and will continue to be a failure! all your points are baseless???? You sound like a cadre and not a proffessional person. Go back to school and learn some manners it’s never too late!

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  19. You guys are funny,when somebody hasn’t had nsima,you say they haven’t eaten.Why can’t rice,millet and soghum be options also to help curb the scourge.The first thing we do is just complain instead of looking for other solutions.The government can’t help everyone but can only be a conduit to self reliance and sufficience.

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  20. I support maureen these pipo are suffering bcoz of corrupt campagn system of chitenge & sugar.Let them fast,next election reasoning & experience to teach them a lesson.IQ to be applied.Vulgar language used on this blog shud be avoided.

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