Malawi maize crisis worsening: Woman faints queueing on empty stomach

After queuing on an empty stomach  to buy maize at Ndirande-Chinseu Admarc, one woman fainted as buyers fought for the scarce grain.

Tired and hungry Malawians have to queue  to get maize

Tired and hungry Malawians have to queue to get maize

Local press reports says the woman whose identity is not  verified was pushed by the crowd and fell to the ground but regained conscious after being taken to a local health clinic.

Mothers whose breast milk has dried up due to lack of food, jostle for space, their babies strapped to their backs queuing for  staple food maize which  has become scarce in most parts of the country.

Occasionally a scuffle breaks out as some hungry person, accused of pushing in, is plucked from the queue by police officers.

Councilor for Makata Ward Cecilia Zeka Phiri who was at the scene said the depot receives at least 300 bags a day but the number of buyers has steadily been growing.

“This depot receives maize almost on a daily basis but the demand is too high. People sleep here waiting for their turn to buy maize which only lasts for few days as they are allowed to buy only 20kgs per individual,” she said as quoted in The Nation newspaper.

The hunger is already causing heartbreak and Nyasa Times reported on Monday that a group from Thyolo petitioned President Peter Mutharika asking the Head of State to intervene in the situation.

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TA Teputepu
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7 months 20 days ago

Munasankha nokha chimanga 4, lero njala yalowa dziko. Mumati chikukwanani bwanji.

Billy Chilewani
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Billy Chilewani
7 months 20 days ago
It is a shame for my country year in year out to be hearing of hunger in the months of Dec-Feb each and every year. This last season understandable but the pattern has been there time immemorial. Can’t we for once both opposition ( which is Govt. in waiting) and the ruling who are supposed to map-a strategic direction for once come to the root causes of this perrennial hunger and root it out.Is it overpopulation as alluded to by Akweni? You may hate her but at the rate we are going,I think it is high time we shoulder responsibility… Read more »
Mngoni weni weni
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Mngoni weni weni
7 months 20 days ago
Vuto laboma la DPP ndi tsankho. Kummwera makamaka ku Thyolo ndi Chiradzulo mwapereka zimakuponi zambirimbiri. Maka ku Thyolo poti ndikwa president komanso nduna yazamalimidwe. Pano fertilizer akuchita kutsala yet kwina kulibe. Olo chimanga kukumabwera zima truck daily. Pomwe ma ambulance ndimankhwala a kusowa mzipatala zina, imeneyo sinkhani ku Thyolo,. Ichi ndichimodzi mwazipatala zomwe zili ndima ambulance wochulukitsitsa, osatiso okufa koma woyenda. Koma pitani ku kasungu mukapeza 2 ambulances. Mankhwala ndikutapa kutaya yet kwina olo panado kulibe. Ndunena izi ndi umboni. A president ndi nduna zanu, can you treat all Malawians equally please. Boma la DPP linayambitsa quarter system yamaphunziro ati… Read more »
Sailota
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Sailota
7 months 21 days ago

I am short of comment. Otherwise, let me condole all those that are suffering. Kodi chimanga chomwe tikuuzidwa, tinauzidwapo kuti bola lagula, ndipo ndi chokwanila chili kuti. Are u sure u were busy campaigning to illtreat your fellow Malawians? Think twice and act. Remember God is watching!!!!!!!!!

kaliyati
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kaliyati
7 months 21 days ago

Sitidya loko timadya chimanga!! Sitidya loko timadya chimanga!! Sitidya loko timadya chimanga!! Sitidya loko timadya chimanga!! Uko kunali kuimba kwa Ana asukulu otumidwa ndi amphunzitsi masiku awo. Tilape amalawi ponena kuti Chipani china chimabweretsa chimanga. Malawi imadalira mvula ndipo mvula imachoka kwa mwini namalenga.

Burauni Mpinganjire
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Burauni Mpinganjire
7 months 21 days ago

Malawi president – vakusi vanu.
Malawi cabinet – dull.
Malawi opposition – stupid & useless.

We told you here in September last year to find and despatch tractors to Malawi’s major dambos all along the lakeshore, to help local people clear land so they could plant dry season maize on a large scale. That could have helped mitigate the hunger situation by now. But there you were, busy flying to USA with large entourages with other people’s wives.

Ndiye ndi izotu wanthu ayamba kufa uko. Muthana nazo nokha.

All4ks
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All4ks
7 months 21 days ago

Yet this stupid clueless govt all along was saying we have plenty of maize.

Jappie and msaka, dpp politicising maize by instructing their ministers or MPs to obtain maize through the Admarc back door and distributing to their areas. Buying votes for 2019. No shame these dpp dogs, people are dying.

Starling Kondowe from Chikwina CDSS in Nkhatabay
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Starling Kondowe from Chikwina CDSS in Nkhatabay
7 months 21 days ago

The problem is,some of us are deepening the thorn of hunger in
most malawians.Maize in admarc markets is sold to vendors who in turn sell the staple food to the hungry masses at high prices.As we write,ferlizer subsidy is being sold at 15000 per bag.What are doing,as malawian? Let us do away with these evil acts and change the face of our nation.Together we can dimish hunger,Together we can phase out the so called neocolonialism,yes! Together we can build a better Malawi .

Dada Kampingo Jere
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Dada Kampingo Jere
7 months 21 days ago

Makuponi mwapereka ambiri kumwera, koma dziwani kuti kumwera njala ndikumenenso imatidzimila kwambiri. North and Central mumatimana makuponi, ndiye Chauta pankhani ya mvula amatikonda

Violet Zulu
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7 months 21 days ago

Mmmh this all because of vendors as well as admarc personells

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