UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has advised the government to declare the hunger situation a national disaster.
Mr. Hichilema said declaring a national disaster will enable Zambia to receive the required level of support in dealing with the situation.
”Months ago, we were adamant that the government must not export maize. We are now faced with a shortage and the price of a 25kg bag of mealie meal is approximately K120,” Mr. Hichilema said.
”It would be prudent for the government to declare the current maize shortage and hunger situation, a National Disaster. This will enable us to get the support we need to alleviate it, ” he said.
Me. Hichilema said Zambia is now faced with a severe shortage and that the price of mealie meal is far out of affordability for most Zambians.