Government says it has released another consignment of 4,480 bags of mealie meal and 2,000 by 50 bags of relief food worth thousands of kwacha to the vulnerable facing hunger in Monze District, in Southern province.

Monze District Commissioner, Cyprian Hamanyanga stated in a walk-in interview yesterday through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit ( DMMU ) , the District has also received another consignment of 560 bags of maize bran for feeding livestock, apart from an additional 1,800 by 50 kilogrammes bags of food, which would sold at a subsided price of K111 per bag.

Mr Hamanyanga says the move is government’s response to appeals for more relief food in the area.

“ Government will continue to live up to its promise to ensure that no one dies as a result of hunger and was committed to work flat out to ensure that adequate relief food was available to address the hunger ravaging the District and other parts of Southern province.

“As a District we have received 4,480 by 12.5 kilogrammes bags of mealie meal, 2,000 by 50 kilogrammes bags of relief maize and an additional 560 bags of maize bran for livestock feed. This is a true succinct demonstration of government’s commitment to ensure that no one dies of hunger across the country,” said Mr. Hamanyanga.

Maintaining that the increase in the allocation of relief food the hunger situation in the District will be addressed, Mr Hamanyanga strongly dispelled social media reports allegedly peddled by some politicians that government was encouraging people to mix the maize bran with mealie meal.

And commenting on social media reports alleging that government is encouraging people in the area to mix maize bran with mealie meal for consumption, Mr Hamayanga rubbished the reports saying such reports are malicious, ridiculous and should be treated as such.

He instead explained said maize bran been distributed was solely for feeding animals adding that contrary to social media reports no one has encouraged the vulnerable to start eating the maize bran which is fit for animal consumption, only.

“ I have heard reports on social media of some politicians saying government is encouraging people to mix maize bran with mealie meal and eat- I want to state here that such reports coming from disgruntled politicians are both malicious and preposterous and just meant to dent the good cause that government is doing in feeding its people and should therefore be treated as mere trash,” said Mr Hamanyanga.

Politicians should be advised to desist from making baseless allegations against government he said was making to address the hunger situation when they have failed to bring up tangible solutions or initiatives to help address the hunger situation in the area.

Monze District recorded total crop failure during the 2018/2019 farming season following the drought that hit the District.

Since April this year, Government has so far delivered a total of 8,960 by 12.5 kilogrammes bags of mealie meal, 1,120 by 50 kilograms bags of maize bran through the DMMU while the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) through the community sales has sold 6,429 by 50 kilogrammes bags of maize realising a total of K713, 619.00 to date.

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  1. Word of advice to government officials. When you do such things, like giving relief food, dont make it look like you’re doing somebody a favor, NO! That is your responsibility as government. In fact people were supposed to have been fired at DMMU and ministry of social welfare! We the citizens are the masters and you in government are the servants. Please dont confuse roles

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    • It is very hard to be a Tonga or simply to be born in Southern Province. It is like being a black man in America. And most blacks live in Southern States too.
      If a black-American congressman complains, it is hard to believe them.’
      If a Tonga MP complains, it is hard to believe them.
      When am reading these things about relief food, it sounds like in America.
      Like above DMMU is behaving as if distributing food in black communities, just doing them a favor, like above comment.
      Anyway, you blacks from the southern Zambia, be sure you have cows to feed before you receive any relief food.

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    • Nostra STOP your divisive comments.

      The Tonga mps complain politically. They whip emotions. They want to make tongas feel hated.

      A certain lozi from rural told me that esternaz hate lozis. How did she know when she is deep in kalabo.

      Thats what politicians tell these rural dweller

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  2. People, dont try to be elusive or economical with facts, Tongas are good people just like any other citizen in Zambia. The problem that there is that the UPND politicians are the ones that have been at the center of alienating them from the rest of the country. Fact, before HH took over UPND from the late Anderson Mazoka, people literally never knew who Tongas where, they were considered just like everyone else.
    With comments from people who call themselves Nostradamus, what are they trying to achieve? To the Tonga brothers and sisters, say NO to these politicians who want to divide you from the rest of the country. Its only you the Tongas who must stand up and refuse to be used by the selfish politicians especially those in UPND because if you allow this to continue, you will lack…

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  3. contd
    Its only you the Tongas who must stand up and refuse to be used by the selfish politicians especially those in UPND because if you allow this to continue, you will lack behind everything . And by the way, its NOT true that if a Tonga one day became president of Zambia then all problems of our Tonga brothers and sisters will end, its a lie infact many will be very disappointed when they realise that these UPND politicians are just using them for their selfish ambitions.

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    • mwelwa , and don’t forget that Southern & Central province have received over 60% of relief food over the years. start growing trees guys

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  4. The Government of ECL at work. ECL has demonstrated love and leadership by providing that relief to Southern province. HH should also emulate the government by donating some relief food to southern province. He is rich today because he stole from the people of Zambia by under valuing the prices of the mines. But am sure his stingy black soul wont let him donate even a coin to his own people.

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  5. IWE POLITICAL ANALYSER, U ARE SICK IN THE HEAD JUST LIKE SHARON. WHY,SHOULD U INVOLVE HH?IS HH THE GOVT?THE CASH IS NOT COMING FROM ECL OR FROM HIS POCKET.NOTHING COMES FROM ECL IT IS JUST A WORD AND THE CASH HE IS MAKING HE IS BUILDING HIMSELF NASIONS ON ILLEGAL LANDS.THIS IS TAX PAYERS MONEY. I THOUGHT YOU ARE A VERY INTELLIGENT AND REASONABLE ANALYST KANSHI KUWAYAWAYA FWE. LEAVE HH ALONE.

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  6. Its true Southern province has bare land with very few plantation, plant more trees create forests then you will see rains coming back to your land. Luapula and Northern province lays along the Equatorial rain forests that’s why they always have abundant rains.

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