The FDD says agriculture minister Given Lubinda should stop being childish by challenging the opposition to tour depots to prove that the country has enough maize stocks or not as people are not interested in political games but affordable mealie meal.
FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said Mr Lubinda said the shortages and escalating prices of mealie meal posses a serious national security and that he would do himself a great favour if he concentrated on doing his job.
Mr Mwanza explained that people are not interested in statistics and that the maize he keeps talking about is of no use to the people if it is kept in sheds.
He said his job as a Minister is not to play pokers games with the opposition but to ensure that the country is food secure as well as ensure that farmers are supplied with inputs on time.
“It is irresponsible and childish for Mr Lubinda to be challenging us to a poker game of proving to him whether FRA has enough stocks of maize or not. People are not interested in statistics. People are interested in having Mealie Meal at affordable prices. What is the use of having maize in the FRA depots while the people are queuing up for Mealie Meal which is fetching at prices beyond their reach? FRA is there to stock strategic reserves and not to supply the nation with “normal” daily supplies.
“If Mr Lubinda and his Paya Future Government have not exported the maize why do we have a critical shortfall of Mealie Meal? The simple rules of supply and demand dictate that when there is low supply of any commodity, the price of that particular commodity automatically goes up,” he said.
Meanwhile Mr Mwanza has said that the PF should stop celebrating the recent gains in the Kwacha against major currencies because even at the current rate the country’s currency has depreciated 90% since they took over from the MMD.
Mr Mwanza explained that when the PF took over government the Kwacha was K4.5 to a Dollar but that it was now trading at K9.5 to a Dollar barely 5 years after taking over.
He said it was irresponsible for the ruling party to be celebrating the minimum gain of the currency when people were still queuing for mealie meal while others can hardly afford the commodity due to high costs of living.