Karonga people reduced to herbivores: Bag of maize up to K13, 500

Karonga has become a living hell for her citizens following a painful raise in maize prices from about K6 000 per K50 kilogram bag to K13 500 – a development that has been described as “disaster.”

Starving people looking for maize

Starving people looking for maize

In search for food

In search for food

The raise has come amid assurances from the government that the country has in its reserves enough food in stock to last until the next harvesting season – around April.

On the contrary, people in Karonga have literally no food; and, according to those that spoke to Nyasa Times they have “resorted to natural vegetables” instead of staple nsima or rice.

Senior Chief of Wasambo of Karonga disclosed that most of his subjects “especially those whose pockets cannot afford to buy maize to from vendors are surviving on Bonongwe (Amaranthus/Bonongwe) and mushrooms.”

Said Wasambo: “Hunger is indeed biting. And this is because of shortage of maize in our ADMARC depots.”

Nyasa Times understands that for weeks now the ADMARC depot in the district has been non-operational. There is reportedly no maize.

Karonga district council vice chairperson, Ernest Mwalughali, has since asked stakeholders to take immediate action.

He said all depots had been closed “for no reason and without explanation.”

Vincent Ghambi, Member of Parliament (MP) for Karonga North and deputy education minister, much as admitting the problem was quick to say that the problem was transportation to get the maize to the depots.

“Our ADMARC depots are really empty but this doesn’t mean that the country has no maize.

“I’ve been talking to ADMARC officials at the headquarters and they have told me that the problem is transport,” said Ghambi.

Over 2.8 million Malawian are food insecure currently, according to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) but the threat of El Nino which is hitting southern Africa has heightened fears that many more will join the long list in need of food aid.

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25 thoughts on “Karonga people reduced to herbivores: Bag of maize up to K13, 500”

  1. Jackson Kamanga says:

    nosense comments does not bring the nation together,if you dont have idea on the issues then is better to remain silent rather than talking nonsense. Hunger is everywhere expecially during these first months of the yearand in other ARDMACs but the question might be if the government can fail to transport maize to its citizen who can be responsible but if someone have food in his house then he or she should mock others who does not have now. What is ADMARC for if not to provide to the citizens in such times?

  2. master says:

    November rain,
    yes Paul Kagame is a secondary school graduate not even a university graduate but he is doing very on governance and development, the equivalence of MSCE thats his certificate basi koma he is shining far much better than most PHD holders

  3. VYOTO says:

    WHAT A NONSENSE RESPONSE FROM HONOURABLE NGA’MBI.TRANSPORT CANNOT BE A CONVINCING EXCUSE FOR LACK OF MAIZE IN ADMARC DEPORTS AT A CRITICAL TIME SUCH AS THIS ONE.THESE ARE SIGNS THAT PETER MUTHALIKA HAS FAILED TO RUN GOVERNMENT,THE BEST HE CAN DO IS TO STEP DOWN,SURELY, DR CHAKWERA CAN DO BETTER.

  4. mapwevupwevu says:

    Kodi mungoti ADMARC! ADMARC! chani? Munamva kuti admarc ili ndi minda yolimamo chimanga? Inu chanu chomwe munalima chili kuti? Ku Karonga nyanja ili pafupi bwanji osamathilira minda? Ndipo mmeesa anthu a ku Karonga mumadzitama kuti mumadya mpunga ndi kondowole osamatafuna zomwezo bwanji?
    Zopusa basi! Ndisamvenso wina akukamba zoti ku Admarc kulibe chimanga! Admarc inatha kalekale. Mumati subsidy amakupatsabi ija ntchito yache ndi chani?
    Zilimani zokudya zanu abakha osamva inu!!!!

  5. Tangodipatsani one ton ya chimanga ndi atengere anthu ku Karonga pa Peugeot pick up yanga, free of churge. I do not want people to die of hunger otherwise ingovomerani kuti chimanga mulibe mu admarc, a dpp munakapereka ku chipatala. Boma lakukanikani anthu akummwera.

  6. Chiswabumbu says:

    Kaguleni ku Tanzania

  7. Ernest says:

    Zanvekanso kuti ena akumachita ganyu kwa ma venda kumawagulira chimanga. Ndikumapangitsa kuti mizere idzikhala yitaliyitali.

  8. alhomwe ALHOMWE says:

    ATUMBUKA NDI ACHEWA NONSE MUNYA MUONA. SITITUMIZA CHIMANGA KU MA ADMARC DEPOTS AMENE ALI KU MPOTO NDI PAKATI. TIKUFUNA MUFE NDI NJALA KUTI IKAMAKWANA 2019 KUZAKHALE MAVOTI OCHEPA CHABE KUMPOTO NDI PAKATI. TAMUUZA KALE MULUMBE BWANA WA KU ADMARC ZOTI ACHITE.

    CHIMANGA MUMAGULITSA KU TANZANIA NOKHA. MUSOVA!!!

  9. Tengupenya says:

    Simply unacceptable. Transport cannot be the reason to let people starve. This is negligence!

  10. MRS MAUNJE, says:

    ANGOUTHAWATU MPANDO WAMULEPHERA,TIONE ZINA.

  11. Mapenji says:

    Vincent , where are those Palisha trucks which you own , can you not use your trucks to ferry maize from Kanengo Silos where you workshop is situated to Karonga where People voted for you and your useless party ?

  12. Bibo says:

    If transportation is a problem, then some of us are ready to provide it because we don’t want our people to starve. We have the resources to support our people. All is needed is provide us with relevant contacts on logistical issues. But I doubt the reasons given as the main impediment to the supply of maize to Admarc knowing the heartless nature of DPP politicians.

    Sooner or later,we will take matters in our own hands because we cannot tolerate the suffering of our people in the twenty first century.If DPP leaders have failed to govern,then submissiveness is the dosage to the escalating problems. As capable Malawians, we can support our suffering fellow citizens by mobilising funds and buying supplies without showing an expecting eye to Admarc. Admarc is a politically intruded parastatal, with filthy tentacles spread all over it. It is a known fact that some politicians and businessmen close to the ruling clique are deliberately buying maize from Admarc in bulk and stocking it for selfish profit making. This is uncalled for and is evil practice. No sane powerful individual would have the audacity to let the masses suffer while he amasses wealth crookedly especially when the commodity in business transactions is food that others desperately need.

    I will be very pissed off if DPP wins elections in 2019.This is a party with a bunch of story tellers without substance, a party with hateful people, a party with no progressive minds, a party with divisive crooks,a party that proliferates doom, and a party whose top leader is a proven failure with a passive heart. Malawians need to be on high alert with DPP because there is future with this party.

  13. Tan'gatan'ga says:

    It is nonsense to say that there is no maize in karonga or anywhere because of transport. There are hundreds of Malawians with trucks which are just idling because of lack of business, give them the maize to transport.

    This Government has failed miserably.

  14. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    you kno what guys… nthawi ya chair anthu ankadya madeya and the muntharikas were busy enjoying in USA. They just thought it was breaking news of Africa. Now the news is breaking again in his eyes. Ayisovatu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. BBC says:

    If transport is the reason why people of Karonga should starve it means ADMARC is an embarrassment. You are even failing to explain why transportation is being a culprit, is it because of poor road network linking the warehouse and Karonga or is it that you don’t have enough funds to sub contract the service of transportation to truck owners? If the silos have enough stock then I don’t see a reason why distribution should be a problem. If indeed transportation is the problem then ADMARC should consider sending its supply chain team to Chibuku Products Ltd to learn about how they manage their distribution function without any disruption.

  16. savimbi steve says:

    Munthalika PLEASE!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!! TELL THE MALAWIANS THE TRUTH,There is no ENOUGH MAIZE instead of your STUPID LIES

  17. plan says:

    How stupid does he think we are, he has maize but problem is transport? What problem is this fool talking about? All the trucks we have in the country. Just say there is no maize you bafoons!

  18. Winston Msowoya says:

    Paramount Chief Kyungu,this is the real problem that you must intervene with vigour and partriotic fervent.People eat food and not oil this proves that your quest for oil drilling in lake nyasa in league with unpartriotic Pater Muthalika is both outright opportunism and bunkum.Historically,oil has never solved the vicious problem of grinding poverty in Africa amongst the overwhelming masses of our people.Let me remind you as Iam writing this piece that the Nigerian Government has stopped operation of oil activities due to lack of funds and has demanded financial jack up from international institutions one of them is IMF. The sad part of this is that Nigeria is the fourth largest producer of oil in the World.What a shame? The ball is in your field,people want food and not bloody oil.

  19. Douglas Gondwe says:

    The problem in Malawi is that always look at things with a political eye. Instead of admitting there is A problem, we want to paint a good picture of our party and government. These are the same people who voted for you. It is unfortunate for the whole deputy minister to say the country has maize when people are suffering. If people of Karonga elsewhere come in with their transport, will you be able to show them the maize that you claim is failing to be transported because of transport. A Malawi, this our country, let us love it by realising that telling lies today is in no way trying to build a better country for tomorrow. You are chosen to represent peoplewho are starving now while you drive poshy cars to scorn the same people who gave you this chance. God sees you and will not allow his people to be suffering any longer.

  20. Njalayandipha says:

    munthu uyu walephera kulamura dziko. He has failed to govern the country.

  21. 2016 welcome says:

    That’s even more careless when an MP who should have been more concerned with the dire situation sounds to trivialize the same. Simply because he inclines to the ruling party he projects the maize scarcity problem to transportation and shamelessly says the country has abundant stocks of maize. That’s typical of a country whose leadership is selfish and has whatsover no weflare of the common man at heart.

  22. Master says:

    All this uis happening under the wise and dynamic leadership of PROF PETER MUTHARIKA, this should be a big lesson for Malawians kufela ma PHDS will kill u, Paul Kagame is just an MSCE graduate but he has outclassed several PHD holders around the globe on development and governance, RWANDA is a shinning example

    1. November Rain says:

      So Paul Kagame has a Malawi School Leaving Certificate of Education (MSCE)? Thanks for this uncommon information.

  23. Denguzman. says:

    Kkkkkk Ng’ambi u re a Minister. Do u agree with what ADMARC officials are saying? If the problem is transportation then DDP govt ingovomereza kuti APM zamuvuta kuyendetsa dziko lino. Hounable Minister, stop insulting Malawians coz pipo are sleeping with their empty stomach while u and ur fellow pwevupwevuz u re busy draining ndalama zathu za misonkho allowing patients in our sleeping without food and drugs.

  24. It is sad that Minister Ghambi you are in forefront telling the whole world that its because of transport that’s why there no maize in ADMARC deports in Karonga, is it fair?? As a Minister you were actually supposed to mobilize the boys in Karonga who have their vehicles to ferry maize from point A to Z. What type of leadership are you portraying. We have able boys in Karonga with trucks, why don’t you negotiate with them. I am very angry with you, that’s not a political language as you talk as if you are one of those villagers. TWISA KWAGHANA but you will need us.

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