Ministry of Trade and Industry has suspended duty on maize flour just days after People’s Party (PP) acting president Uladi Mussa asked the government to do so in view of critical food shortages in the country.
In a statement, the ministry says the suspension is of immediate effect.
The ministry is therefore asking maize flour traders to get imports certificates for clearance and is urging border customs officials to take note of the suspension of import duty.
This means imported maize flour from Zambia which Malawians are relying upon will now be sold at a more cheaper price than before.
Mussa said he was pleased with the development , saying as leaders they give advise to help the nation.
“We will keep on advising this clueless government to serve our nation better,” said Mussa.
The removal of the import duty also comes a day after the World Food Programme said Malawians will harvest a month later than normal because they planted late due to scarcity of rains.
Unicef says there was need to help children in Malawi as there are several cases of malnutrition and stunted growth as they eat one meal a day or no food due to the biting food shortage that has also hit hard Ethiopia, Somalia and Zimbabwe.
Atleast two children died in Dedza this week after eating poisonous cassava due to hunger whilst in Chiradzulu a man is police custody answering murder charges after he hacked to death his step daughter for cutting a sugarcane which she chewed as hunger takes its bite.
Some people, especially women are sleeping days on end at Admarc depots in anticipation of maize arrival.
President Peter Mutharika insists no Malawian will die of hunger whilst his Agriculture minister says the country has enough maize stocks to last until the next harvest season, a claim vehemently disputed by civil rights groups.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :