The Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA) has condemned government’s decision to donate 9,000 tonnes of maize to Zimbabwe.
ZACA Executive Director Muyunda Ililonga says his organization is saddened with the move taken by government to assist Zimbabwe when some people in some parts of Zambia still do not have food.
Mr. Ililonga explained to ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today, that many parts of the country are still in need of relief food therefore there is need to address their needs before making any donation to another country.
He also added that many millers in the country are still selling their mealie meal at high prices owing to high prices of maize.
Mr. Ililonga said this scenario confirms that the country still has shortages of stock to satisfy the local market demand.
He disclosed that the country at the moment requires a lot of maize as this year’s stocks still have high moisture content hence the need for government to safeguard the old stocks.
He noted that there is need for government to ensure that its citizens have enough food before thinking about assisting its neighbours to fulfill their promises.
The ZACA chief further added that there was no need for the Zambian government to pledge such a big donation when it does not know how much crop it is likely harvest from 2008-2009 farming season.
Mr. Ililonga was reacting to government’s pledge of 9,000 tonnes of maize to Zimbabwe as a contribution towards that country’s economic recovery.