The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit says no declaration of a national disaster has been made in response to the hunger that has affected some parts of the country.

UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema on Monday declared the prevailing hunger situation in the country a national disaster but the DMMU says this is the preserve of the Republican President.

DMMU Communications Officer Rachael Chama said government with cooperating partners has been responding to the food insecurity situation in the affected parts of the country.

Meanwhile, Ms Chama said the DMMU has released 11,800 metric tonnes of relief food bringing the total bags of 12.5 kg mealie meal distributed in the affected districts across the country since February this year to over 2.2 million bags.

She said the released consignment will be distributed to nine provinces except Copperbelt Province.

Mr Hichilema declared hunger a national disaster at a media briefing and called on well wishers to donate food items towards the cause.

He appealed to President Edgar Lungu to emulate the declaration to further allow the international community to unlock its emergency funds.

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  1. Bushe double H aliba normal. Under what capacity has he declared hunger situation. Why can’t you arrest him again.

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    • I think HH should be now arrested and charged with treason…am not PF but what HH is doing borders on committing treason…..Lungu is too lenient otherwise in other countries HH should have been serving 60 years jail term

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    • If Zambia is secure in terms of its staple food, why has the price of maize meal gone through the roof? Wht is the price responding to? Is it responding to a situation of scarcity or shortage?

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    • Is it treasonous for HH to declare hunger in country?
      No it is not.
      Like that other guy declared Lusaka as a crime scene.

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    • When the cult leader Under Five and Privatisation Thief becomes president, the price of mealie meal will come done and each family member shall have an egg per day, there will be no shortage of anything and the Zambezi River will be full of water and trees shall sprout out freely in Southern Province and in NAMWALA too, there will be goods everywhere and he will bring back all stolen money,” Larry Mweetwa Group 4 INCOMPOS.

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    • Its like; 2+3 equals 5. Someone says…. No that is not correct. Its 3+2 that equals 5.
      Or….
      Owner:.. “You have stollen my item”
      Thief:…..”No I have just picked it up”.

      Those are Zambian politics, name calling and discrediting each other.
      If there was a shortage of Fire tenders, imagine how the country would have run around to donors.

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  2. The cult leader Akainde Ichilema is not normal. Getting to State House at all costs has confused his small brain.

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  3. No, emergency it has not been declared, to prevent anxiety and panic. Zambians are very good in these circumstances, conducting calmly and orderly obeying authority. Of course our enemies in our Opposition would like to use this natural phenomenon for votes.

    Let us remember and compare worse situations recently in the Caribbeans, hurricane Dorian, the last floods in neighbouring countries which we escaped. Let us be thankful, and find our comfort in calling out in prayer.

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  4. The wisdom of our forefathers tells us that whenever Mango trees do very well, just know you have drought the next rain season! From the look of things, Mangoes have done very well this year just like the previous year! Are we in for another drought? Can our country survive another year of drought? Hope we don’t declare the disaster too late! It could be a case of different perspective of the same thing – DMMU using theoretically outdated matrices to measure hunger situations in view of hitherto unknown compounding factors like Climate Change and other stakeholders with real-time situation assessment on the ground! Politicizing hunger on both sides is counterproductive!

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  5. “Mr Hichilema declared hunger a national disaster at a media briefing and called on well wishers to donate food items towards the cause.”

    “…this is the preserve of the Republican President.”. Is that clear, HH?

    “He appealed to President Edgar Lungu to emulate the declaration to further allow the international community to unlock its emergency funds.”

    Emulate? Sorry HH , Edgar is the leader, the only one carrying the title HE. Aren’t you just a mister like me and your followers? Well except those carrying Hon.
    Anyway, the donors are already helping, why would they withhold assistance when they have been asked to help? HH ulimwaice sana ifyabuteko. You don’t know what and how adults discuss issues.

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  6. What benefit is there by declaring hunger as s national disaster? Are people advocating this want Zambians to be dependent on foreign countries for food?It is one way of offering Zambians as slaves to these foreigners and Zambians dance to their tune!Shame on those crying for such slavery declaration!

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    • I think they want it declared as a sign of acceptance. People will be more hopefull knowing that their government aren’t in denial?

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    • At least you eating and affording internet. can hanger shower your household so that you understand the politics of hunger

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    • You’ll starve to death. Educated Zambians are still don’t know why their population is running away from their failed state to xenophobic, uncivilisedand, uneducated, overfed South Africa. I wonder why the educated are starving and the uneducated are overfed and fat?

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  7. Of course mr Neez of the white lady fame, need we say more? Except of course to let you know that Mrs Mutinta Hichilema is black Zambian woman, her village is somewhere in Namwala, I think. A nice black Tonga lady, I am sure with her beside him HH does not envy you at all.

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    • Why should he envy me when he has found love just like me. There is nothing wrong if you choose to love a black woman. I just happen to be attracted to a white woman who I love. By the way I am warning you in advance that it will be our 19th wedding anniversary soon. Please note that on that day I will be running a special event on here to celebrate my love for her.

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  8. You will remember HH’s words!
    Better to plan for the worst while hoping for the best than to be complacent behind the keyboard and assume all shall be well and the unthinkable happens! Simple logic shows that we have a looming disaster! Why has the price of mealie meal shot up to K150? Supply and Demand! Agric Minister says we only have 90,000 metric tones left and says will not supply Millers. DRC is asking for 15,000 metric tons which they will get anyway. Meanwhile we are importing as a matter of urgency, Maize from Tanzania to cover up? What kind of blind pride is this that takes no responsibility for shortcomings? Imagine having another drought in 2019 / 2020 season! Are we going to survive? I thought FRA stores enough to last 5 years? We are not serious people!

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  9. What do you call it when the largets producer of our staple food has been hit by a drought to an extet where there is virtually no production?
    What do you call it when 9 out of 10 (90%) of our provinces are receiving relief food because they do not have food of their own and they are hungry and are at the brink of starvation?
    What do you call it when animals/ cattle where it is most populated has no grass, no other food and no water?
    Can someone tell me what to call this state of affairs?

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  10. Pf cadres are on full stomachs with our tax money now they think everyone else is full like them. The DMMU whatever you call it is busy distributing and acquiring tones of food to affected areas is that in itself admission of a disaster. We don’t have a president for you to be saying he is the only to declare a national disaster. As a taxpayer l think he needs to be retired in national interest

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  11. ZIMBABWE,MALAWI,MOZAMBOIQUE HAVE DECLARED A NATIONAL DISASTER. BOSS, LUNGU I WANT TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT THESE PEOPLE WHOM U ARE SEEING PRAISING U TODAY MAILO IT WILL BE A SAD STORY. EVEN THIS STUPID CHAPS LIKE SHARON,KUDOS ETC YOU WILL NEVER EVER SEE THEM. THEY WILL EVEN CHANGE THERE USER LT NAMES. BOSS, U ARE AFAR FROM THE PEOPLE. THEY ARE DESTROYING U. YOU,CHAPS BENE SHARON,KUDOS ETC IF U CAN AFFORD TO BUY UBUNGA IT IS NOT EVERYONE. PLEASE KEEP QUIET. AND MOSTLY SHARON YOU ARE A DUNDERHEAD. ALL YOUR ARTICLES ARE FULL OF HATE. BE REAL.

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  12. Lungu needs to stop listening to illiterate cadres most of them are losers looking for a handout and they will abandon you once power is gone ask Kaunda and rb. Lungu should not be this weak too, how do you let this DMMU just sit there and do nothing while people are starving surely it had to take an opposition leader to do it. Very embarrassing having your people complain about hunger and you doing nothing about it

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  13. I salute you Mr wrangling this chap Sharon talks rubbish always and I think she doesn’t even exist its one of these people deceiving the president not to declare a hurger situation in Zambia there is nothing wrong with declaring a hurger situation in the country bcz it will help people who are hungry but these people are selfish and power hungry they think by doing so they will lose points president surrounded

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    • Prof Hansoni has written the UN declaring South Africa a xenophobic nation and he urged UPND cult leader Akainde to declare NAMWALA a xenophobic territory. He did this on his University letterhead with a copy to HaSichalwe.

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  14. I salute you Mr wrangling this chap Sharon talks rubbish always and I think she doesn’t even exist its one of these people deceiving the president not to declare a hurger situation in Zambia there is nothing wrong with declaring a hurger situation in the country bcz it will help people who are hungry but these people are selfish and power hungry they think by doing so they will lose points president surrounded by foolish people foolish advertisers.

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    • I believe Akainde is a nice person but is surrounded by tribalists, Three Mansions, xenophobic Professors and fulish advisers.

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