Shang’ombo District Commissioner, Lawrence Nyambe has bemoaned the decision by local businessmen and women, who are taking advantage of the hunger situation by hiking maize prices in the district.
Captain Nyambe expressed disappointment after he learnt that a bucket of maize which was previously going at K20 is now being sold at K80, leaving residents with no choice but to experience severe hunger in their homes.
He said it was unfortunate that the local businessmen and women are taking advantage of the people by hiking the prices of maize, describing the situation as total exploitation of the poor.
The District Commissioner said despite the completion of the distribution exercise of the 2000 bags of maize, there is need for more relief food in the area due to severe hunger being experienced in the area.
He has since appealed to DMMU for more maize that will include more people following the cry for help from residents who did not receive maize.
Captain Nyambe has since urged residents not to give up, but to also look into growing drought resistant crops in the next farming season.