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Minister gives 7 days to Disaster Management Committee to Distribute relief food

Rural News Minister gives 7 days to Disaster Management Committee to Distribute relief food

Minister in the Office of the Vice President Olipa Phiri has given the District Disaster Management Committee in Kasama a seven day ultimatum to complete the distribution of relief food to affected areas and not keeping the food in the warehouse.

Speaking when she paid an impromptu visit to the Kasama warehouse, Mrs Phiri said it is unfortunate that relief food was being kept in the warehouse, while people are going without food.

Mrs Phiri said Kasama is one of the places that were badly hit by floods and that it is government’s responsibility to feed all the affected people.

She said her office has continued to receive complaints about the delays in the distribution of the relief food, prompting her to check on the situation.

Mrs Phiri said government will not take kindly officers who will be frustrating government efforts by delaying to take the food to the affected people.

She called on the District Commissioner, who is the Chair of the committee to make sure the food is distributed before end of next week.

Mrs Phiri further said that her office has sent trucks to the Province to help with the transportation of the mealie meal to areas that may not be easily accessed.

And Kasama District Commissioner Kelly Kashiwa said the committee commenced the distribution of the remaining mealie meal on Monday and will continue doing so until all the affected areas are reached.

Mr Kashiwa attributed the delays in the distribution process to poor road network which does not allow certain vehicles to pass.

He said with the coming of Zambia Army trucks, the exercise will be completed in time.

Mr Kashiwa however told the Minister that despite the delays, most of the critically hit areas were already serviced.

10 COMMENTS

  1. This is needed. Can this be resolved as soon as possible. We do not want it reaching our tables because such things should not reach the president. I will this afternoon arrange a conference call with relevant parties to get this sorted!

  2. This is needed. Can this be resolved as soon as possible. We do not want it reaching our tables because such things should not reach the president. I will this afternoon arrange a conference call with relevant parties to get this sorted!

    Lusaka times editor can you contact me directly on Facebook. We need to discuss how appealing your website has become!

  3. What disaster is there apart from laziness from the local people? This is the time people are supposed to be enjoying their produce? This is unncessary distrubiton of food to lazy bums

  4. Kashimani: Please see a comment by one Imipya Ibili on Zambian watchdog: Makeni bridge cost 10 times more than Nelson Mandela bridge to construct, ***********

    “What is the value of all this technical data. A person in Chawama doesn’t care. If you join politics you will have zero votes not even from yourself. Target your message!” My answer to your question is the same. People in Kasama don’t care if its harvest season….

  5. Bye elections are looming and this is how the corrupt PF can try to hoodwink voters.When did we have a disaster in Kasama? This regime is rotten to the core indeed

  6. I agree with Patriot, it is the looming Lukashya by election that has propelled the minister to issue such a directive. Typical of PF. The current DMMU leadership is the worst in the history of this country. That political cadre at the helm of that institution is serving the interest of PF. We need a career civil servant to run the DMMU

  7. When will Zambia get upright people that would separate politics from service institutions? Doesn’t the DMMU get its operational funding from what taxpayers put into government coffers? What are party cadres even doing at institutions that outlive political tenure at plot one? The same song of blaming poor roads yet the other version of the song promising roads would be attended to if and when the political contestant is elected to represent the people is sung as votes are sought!

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