MP Lunguzi says 2 die of hunger in Malawi: ‘Pupils starved to death’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Dedza east MP Juliana Lunguzi  has said two school going children have died of hunger related diseases in her constituency.

The picture shows part of the crowd that was being denied maize in Dedza east. Sales began only after MP Lunguzi forced the clerks to open the market

The picture shows part of the crowd that was being denied maize in Dedza east. Sales began only after MP Lunguzi forced the clerks to open the market

MP Lunguzi at Admarc market in her constituency

MP Lunguzi at Admarc market in her constituency

Lunguzi said the children, from Lumwira village in traditional authority Kachindamoto’s area in Dedza had gone for days without food because their parents could not access cheap maize from an Admarc market in the area.

“What I am saying is very true. The children have indeed died due to hunger related diseases. Any one disputing this can go to Lumwira village to get detsils. People are dying of hunger, very sad,” said Lunguzi.

Senior chief Kachindamoto could not comment on the specific two deaths but said Admarc should ensure maize is sold to people in her area to avert deaths.

On Thursday she was meeting Admarc officials to chart the way forward so that maize is available to people to avert more deaths.

People called her when Admarc officials were refusing to sell maize yet there were 4172 bags in stock, forcing endless queues of people waiting to buy just a 20kg of maize.

“It is unhumane. It is against human rights principles,” said Lunguzi.

She said the situation was pathetic at the Admarc market in her area as clerks told her they could not sell the maize because their superiors in Salima told them to hold.

“In a desperate situation, I started making panic calls, even to the media, this is when the clerks started selling the maize. The people told me not to leave the place until they all bought fearing if I left, the clerks would stop the sale immediately,” she said. J

Just last week, the government went onslaught with the Daily Times  newspaper and its reporter who reported that a middle aged man had died of hunger in Mzimba.

Government called the newspaper unprofessional, unethical and all descriptive words that would successfully demean and discredit the oldest media group in the country.

President Peter Mutharika says no one will die of hunger.

Malawi is the country worst-affected by food insecurity in southern Africa, where about 2.8 million people need assistance. This situation is due to severe flooding at the beginning of last year followed by prolonged dry spells that have been exacerbated by the global El Nino weather phenomenon.

In addition, more than 23,500 refugees at Dzaleka Refugee Camp, and new asylum seekers who have recently arrived from Mozambique,also require assistance, according to the United Nations World Food Programme and the UN Refugee Agenc.

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63 thoughts on “MP Lunguzi says 2 die of hunger in Malawi: ‘Pupils starved to death’”

  1. mercy Nyirongo says:

    Truth always pains MPs need to tell the truth if malawi is to develop not propaganda…. MPs should be able to ask and answer tough questions we pay them with our taxes….let’s stop propaganda with peoples life line things can turn against you people know better now

  2. APM2 says:

    As much as we appreciate that there is hunger in the country; politicians should stop pretending why is the DAY govt denying the facts here. u want to gain your political milage by buying maize in our admarc depots and satellites then distribute kuti aziti ndinu abwino. God has decided and it shall come to pass u fools.

  3. Brian Longwe says:

    Its unfair dat Admarc officials were jst holdin on de maize while de people starved wit hunger. Wat oz de meanin of dat? So y is admarc there for?

  4. Merciless Nyorongo says:

    One Merciless Nyirongo from Hinyaland wants to tackle issues from our constituency which she doesn’t know anything about. If you’ve got an axe to grind against our beloved Mp you had better shut up your stinking beak. How many MPs stay in their constituencies? Its their efficiency that matters and our Julie is better on that front . And again she visits the constituency quite often. Julie keep up the good work and dont let this clueless and good for nothing govt rest on its rails. Our fire brand! BIG UP SISSIE AND KEEP THE FIRE BURNING!

  5. It is only a person with a chicken brain can not understand what Ms Lunguzi is doing. This is what a sane politician has to do to his/her people. Hw is she going to hold debates when she don’t know what the people going through? It is not a secret that people are dying, some of us we watched Aljazeera network. Tokyo Sekwale the former human settlement minister in Zuma government, at one time he spent a night in a shark just to experience what people go through. Kenneth Kaunda could ride a bicycle vising local markets un announced. Are all these people stupid enough than Malawians? The problem is that in Malawi we are having too much educated salvages who cant contribute positive ideas. No wonder mukwakwela chifukwa ndege chifukwa

  6. mbewe says:

    nanga ndi ine? yanyamuka mix minyama!

  7. LOXODON says:

    AKUSOWA BANJA UYU. AKALAMBIRA CHALA CHOMWECHO ANYA AWONA. LUNGUZI LUNGUZI MPAKANA IMVI THOOO MMUTU! MXIIIIIIEW. UKWATIWE HULE IWE.

  8. mbwiyache says:

    The issue here is not that my MP( Deza East) is wrong but because of some un proffessional publicity Govnt. fools were denying deaths of some people related to hunger. After all Dedza East is for MCP so all these comments against her are baseless, I for one I come from Dedza East. These Admarc Officials are selling maize to vendors at night. Fine why did they resume selling maize after the MP’S Presence. Admarc is another sinking ship. Kudos Juliana

  9. lackson nyasulu says:

    za ziiiiiii

  10. Thekweni says:

    Keep it up mama. Do not forget rosary and keep on attending holy mass when you have time.

  11. William L says:

    Madam MP you are a spy. You went to ADMARC thinking that there is no maize inorder to shamlize the government. Now the shame is on you. Get out of our ADMARC. Why putting on blue in our adrmac. You want DPP to consider you for ministerial post. Mama we can not do that because you are talkative. Go away Kanthiti.

  12. CCG says:

    ANTHUTU ATOPA, CHONCHO OSAMAYAMBA DALA, MBUZI

  13. Aeneas says:

    u people if full and stable u think is the case with every one and its sad that most of u r just hearing these stories without going to see the appalling situation at hand..things r not alright in this country .

  14. william L says:

    Please maize is sold at admarc not being given out freely. In my view as a parent I dont think I can allow my children to die from hunger when I have few coins to buy maize at admarc. Why not buying locally available food in the village while I am chasing cheap maize at admarc. This is where I am getting Miss Kanthiti wrong.Again she is telling us to go to the local people in T.A Kachindamoto to verify the cause of death. Shaa. I thought Juliana is a professional nurse. What can people in the village use to determine cause of death in human being. Juliana is a liar. She is a fool.She could have advised us to consult medical doctors in Kachindamoto for medical death report. Juliana I am dragging you to court as friends of court against your false tale over the death. I could have forgiven you if you were not a nurse by training.

  15. iyawm says:

    what is this old woman insinuating? that the government is responsible for the deaths? sure? Malawi we are a sick nation

  16. Kanyimbi says:

    some people are selfish, how can you hold the maize while people are suffering?

  17. kathemba says:

    Juliana is a terrible gospper. He went there just to confirm if that ADMARC deport has maize. She wanted to shame the government by saying that there are no maize. Shamefully she discovered that there is maize. Instead she decided to lie that ADMARC officaials are not selling maize after finding plenty of maize.How can a qualified nurse claim to know cause of death without medical test. She is a liar for MCP.

  18. STEVE BENJAMIN says:

    ALUNGUZI SANALAKWE KUNENA ZIMENEZO KUNGOTI WE PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK OF POLITICS.MOST OF THE TIME GOVERNMENT DO NOT ACCEPT WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING,KUNENA ZOONA NJALA ILIPODI.PLEASE YOU PEOPLE FROM GOVERNMENT MAKE SURE THAT VENDORS ARE NOT BUYING MAIZE FROM ADMARC.

  19. Dikisan says:

    Njala A Amalawi tivomere iliko. Ngati sitisamala anthu afadi. Koma ndikukaika pang’ono ngati mayiwa akunena zoona. Ndikukaika chifuwa abale ndi anthu ena mwina akanatha ku wapatsa kachakudya masiku amene amasowa chakudya.

  20. namarokoro says:

    If the story is true, then the MP should be arrested. How can an MP who was voted by the people allow two children to die of hunger? WE are not talking about hundreds of people here, only two innocent children. With all the allowances you receive from government you mean as an MP you could not save the children? This woman MP should be charged for second degree murder

  21. Myao says:

    Don’t blame sweet Lunguzi, the question is, WHY WAS ADMARC CLOSED WHEN PEOPLE WANTED TO BUY MAIZE???????????????????? WHO INSTRUCTED ADMARC TO CLOSE, TIKUKUWONANITU MUKAMAPANGA MA DONATION MZIPATALAMU!!!

  22. Myao says:

    KODI KWATIWA LITI?

  23. CHIOKO says:

    HOW CAN JUST TWO PEOPLE WITHER AWAY AND DIE OF HUNGER? THE CHIEF WAS THERE , NEIGHBORS, CHURCH, MP, COUNCILLORS? THEY HAD NO ACCESS TO WATER, A MANGO, SOME BONONGWE AND CHISOSO THATS GROWING WILDLY IN THIS RAINY SEASON? iT WAS SO BAD THAT THEY COULD NOT ACCESS ANYTHING THAT THEY WITHERED AND DIED????? JUST TWO PEOPLE AND YET THE WHOLE VILLAGE IS NOT WALKING AROUND LIKE CARCASES JUST THE TWO…… HELP ME UNDERSTANDS THIS!

  24. KUCHITEKETE says:

    KAMPAIN MUIYAMBE CHONNCHO AMAYI????….SHAME ON YOU
    PAJA A CONGELESI MONGA AMACHITILA ABAMBO ANU A LUNGUZI, KUPHA ANTHU SICHINALI CHINTHU CHAPATALI MAPETO AKE NAWO ANAZIONA NDI MBUYA!!!!! SAMALANI MAI…

  25. Wadyera says:

    Agawire chimangatu mmesa umakhalira kutukwana boma pa zinthu za ziii kuyiwala ma basic needs akudera kwako. Wazindikira liti kuti mdera mwako mukufunika chimanga? Work with the government of the day to get basics for your constituents not necessarily joining the government but be patriotic in your reporting so that you can be in good books with others. Nanga nthawi zones kunyoza anthu athandizire mantha? I warned you that there are veterans in the party who have been there for over two decades but they don’t make unnecessary noise like you. Ask the likes of Njobvuyalema, Dzoole mwale just to mention a few. Ndale sumadya munthu! This is time for developments not campaigning you will campaign in 2019 not now. Boma ndi bomamatu !

  26. mercy Nyirongo says:

    I stand to differ Juliana is in the wrong first she doesn’t stay in her constituency she lives in town and now she want to pose that she stand with her people ….a good MP cannot do this…Juliana Lunguzi for

    President my foot…..maybe for those who don’t know her….I rest my case

  27. Novirikana says:

    You mean people in some villages can allow kids to die of hunger while they have something to eat? Is this the blame that should go to government? Do people know the difference between hunger and starvation?

  28. Kairo rashid says:

    Whats the meaning of starving our own citizens by jst holding dem maize? Oh kumeneko ndkulakwa, ndinjira ina kukanakhala kut chimangacho kunalibe kma chilipo nkumakanizaso? What an evil act! Mp sanaenera kusiya zitchito zao all the way to tha admarc, thats not fair

  29. Miss Kanthiti. says:

    Juliana is a good MP. But she over reacts. In most cases she reacts baselessly. For example she has overeracted here. Juliana being a nurse by professional has no professional skills to declare that somebody has died of such cause by mare seeing or feeling the corpse or just assessing from the gathered information of the death. These are medical cases and they are determined by the medical doctors through medical procedures. Juliana has no death certificate certified by qualified medical doctor through accepted medical strategies.In short the issue of cause of death in this case is Juliana’s own dream not real situation. It would be better for Juliana to take the dead bodies to medical doctors to determine the cause of the death.Not just dreaming like that.

  30. Thank you so much madam for putting the government on the spotlight. You are the voice of the voiceless. This is what people voted for. May God give more wisdom and long life so that one day you become the president.

    1. wanthu says:

      You think being a president is so cheap like that, go and ask abwana ake a MCP akakuuza what it takes to be a president.
      let Juliana provide food to her people osamangotukwana iyayi. this is when you know that its good to work with government of the day. Apite akatenge chimanga kwa a President akewotu nanga.
      how can two kids died yet neighbors were all around?????

      shame

  31. 2016 welcome says:

    One may think that those showering insults on Juliana are doing it deliberately but I bet that’s pathological. It’s a clear manifestation of cretinism prevalent in our society which impairs judgement and proper reasoning. You mean Lunguzi should have tolerated the behavior of evil ADMARC clerks? Fucking you morons!! A society which cannot differentiate right from wrong. A country of baboons! I salute you Lunguzi. Keep it up. Leadership is about empathy and that is what you have exactly demonstrated. In US a couple of weeks ago there was a problem with Flint water for domestic use. Obama had to make a public statement on that because he has the welfare of people at heart. Was that politicization? I think Malawians are so used to leadership that takes delight in slumber when it’s citizens are perishing. A dull society. No wonder it’s a mother of poor socioeconomic indicators this part of Africa despite so many years of peace and tranquility.

  32. Zanga Phee! says:

    Madam thank you so much for the good heart towards your community,You are my hope for the next 10 years.If all Mps were like you Malawi wouldn’t be at this stage now.Madam please when you come in town call me i have a little award for you call me on 0787480094,0114920-642.This is not magic it is how you feel about your community.I can even see The dress code clear shows it was not for fun but serious business.See my name.

    1. wanthu says:

      alibe choti avale mumati atani,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, wait for the next 30 years not ten simungakwanitse

  33. Peter says:

    Juliana for President in 2019. She has all the qualities of a good leader.

  34. Greencardless Malawian says:

    Good job Juliana, you are a shinning star! But I wonder why we are still recieving assylum seekers from Mozambique? There should be no reason for it anymore since the war ended long ago. If at all there are very few places where there was strfe recently, even then. They can escape to another region considering Mozambique is a massive country. Asamabwere kuno akutithera ma resource komanso kutiphunzitsa nkhanza

  35. Billy Chilewani says:

    While I hold my reservations for holding Juliana in high esteem.This maize politics is far too cheap.You mean a whole MP will wait for his/her would be voters to die of hunger and go on a political podium to telll the world that one of my own would be voters has died of hunger whilst I have enough resources to at least give a bag or two to the most vulnerable is to me very cheap and sickening politics.When will we stop this maize politics??? Govt and opposition wake from your slumber and find a lasting solution to this perpetual hunger circus. Stop putting price control for maize and you will see how many Malawians will go into intensive maize farming-as of now it is highly risky and not worthy the inputs.

  36. maxwell nsani says:

    Anthu inu this kind of stupid thinking is what is killing our nation. No member of parliament has a duty to take money from their pocket to feed the constituency. The money MPS receive is for their personal use and not to share with the constituencies. The likes of Jappie and Msaka have everything bought for them by gvt even that maize they are giving…. You do not force anyone to help. So you expect our MPs to feed whole constituencies during this hunger season? Why do we have a government then? All she is saying is that Admarc should not let people die while they are hoarding the maize…let people buy maize….there is no politics here….Peter Mutharika hasn’t killed those kids….it’s the hunger that has…keeping 4,000 plus bags of maize locked up in admarc while people queue outside ready to buy…those decisions kill people. Barack Obama said build up your systems not people…if the systems were allowed to run without waiting for nonsense like senior people from salima to intervene on small things like when to start selling maize which gvt has already supplied to an admarc depot this issue wouldn’t even arise….do you people think MPS know every child that is sick in every house hold? Let’s help our citizens during these tough economic times without being dramatic…this country is struggling economically and these are the effects….let’s fix them basi!

  37. Angoni Angoni says:

    Hunger related diseases? Is not necessarily starvation. Talking cheap politics. The government has brought maize and we can all see it in the picture. The rest is for local admarc and herself to see that people can access it.

  38. Happening boy says:

    When the complaints arose about admarc staff crooked behaviour, she rushed to the scene to see for herself. Get It right, she was not informed about the sickness of the two toddlers but upon arrival and getting the briefing from the surrounding community Is when she learnt about the calamity That had befallen There, now That the président touts of not having such deaths she want to correct the situation That It Is not as the présidents thinks or being cheated by his cronies but the truth Is health for people has detoriorated drastically not only in her constituency. Don’t Say she failed her constituents but telling the world including the président That hunger Is rife. You Can scord her with all slurs in your language but the truth Is hunger Is striking people heavily. Mine You, Lunguzi Is one of the best mps Malawi has ever has. Also remember That a politician Is and Will always be There to score a point and This Is what she Is paid for. Pala vakubinya chomene, luta kabiri munyanja. Don’t compare her with your ministers who get govt maize and distribute to people on the pretext That they are passionate of their people, not at all, it’s about scoring a point like what my lady has Just done. Ask her constituents, she Is one of those who have brought a différence to their area. Stop It if not happy to hearing the truth.

  39. B MATSAUTSO says:

    Mcifukwa cake asakwatiwa

  40. kunyeziwa mussa says:

    kkkk mbuzi yayikazi zitidzakuvoteranso.ukungo-onetsa uchitsiru wako posalabadira anthu omwe adakuvotera zaziiii boma litani? umadikira afe kaye?

  41. Mark Saoneka says:

    This is late January and someone in authority thinks of banning the selling of maize leaving hunger stricken pple to wait for days in Queues while maize is in stock, what does that mean and what for? U leaders pliz have mercy on ordinary Malawians!

  42. Malawian!!! says:

    You as a nurse by proffessional why did you not care for malnutrition children of your area?

  43. Happening boy says:

    This lady Can work, no prise in her but vert courageous, i like her So Much.

  44. khal drogo says:

    mama i missed you. munali kuti kodi? poti mwayamba kuwonekano ndasangalala kwambili.

    komabe ma hope, ine ndili ndi funso limodzi. kodi anthu amafa bwanji ndi njala? i still don’t understand the logic of somebody farming, harvesting, then selling the crop to admarc only to buy it back again.

    i would have thought that a grown, thinking person should know how much maize they should put in reserve to carry the family through the year. isn’t it about time this viscious cycle of yearly maize shortages ended?

    tawaphuzitsenkoni anthuwo kuti azisunga chimanga. muwaphunzitsenso kuti kunjaku kuli mpunga, mbatata, mbatatesi etc etc…

    i love you

  45. Pitala Paulendo says:

    Ukuyitha. Malawi needs leadership like yours.

  46. me says:

    I like this MP. Always taking the crooks crooks in govt head on.

  47. Cameo says:

    MP Lunguzi is always political thus why even the Chief is not certain.
    2 Children died with hunger related disease said Lunguzi the whole MP of Dedza without shy.
    U must be crazy.
    Cant you emulate what Jappie did in the North or/ MCP Agriculturist who donated maize seed to his constituency but you heard the sickness and waiting for death to demonise Government.
    Malawi my country

    1. khal drogo says:

      asaaa! “thus why?”, “without shy?”
      you’ve created a new language bro! well done

  48. Denguzman. says:

    Go deeper Julie, fear no one coz only truth shall set u free, kpon telling Malawians the truth coz umbava wa agaluwa ndiwoyamwira kwa makolo awo.

  49. CHILUNGAMO says:

    Nobody can affect by hunger that was the words of Mr. President. very sad. Rest in peace

  50. Mapwevupwevu says:

    This Kanthiti lady can make a better president for MCP than Laza!

  51. peter chimbwandir says:

    I seriously don’t understand our MPs in Malawi when they are in opposition I thought the new crop in the likes of Juliana Lunguzi could be thiñking differently if 2 members of your constituency has died of hunger what did you Juliana you be helping them or find a solution .MP Lunguzi is paid every month by our taxes to help her people nothing… Let’s not talk politics with hunger please Madam Lunguzi people are watching you ..If young Lunguzi is thinking so low where is our country going… Nyasatimes let’s educate the likes of Lunguzis….she z out of order for me next time don’t do this
    ..look at governor in USA they help first not going out complaining

    1. DPP Woyee says:

      Analyst. I have always respected your opinions but I have always doubted your intelligence. Now I now you are nothing but a village guy who has wisdom but lacks a world view.

      Really, you mean to blame Lunguzi for the death of the little ones? What have you done so far to effect change.

      We voted for this Government because it said everything would be rosy under its watch. So far its misery and more misery.

      No so long ago the President went on a podium and told his haters to go kiss their ass and no one would die under of hunger under his watch as the country has too much maize to even sell to other countries. He said NFRA CEO Saukila told him so.

      Now. Either the President is a liar or Saukila lied. If the President lied then we are in deep shit but if it was Saukila who lied to the President he (Saukila) needs to be fired promptly, ASAP and quickly because if not so it will bring into question the reforms being championed. The CEO will thus shown himself to be mediocre, a bootlicker and not competent.

      As much as this looming hunger will affect most of the Southern part of Africa, unlike our counterparts, we seem to be concentrating on trivia such as men fucking other men, Malata housing, opening ginneries, planting tree in Ntcheu. Seriously?

      1. The Analyst says:

        Paradoxically, opinion comes from intelligence and/or wisdom. While you doubt the former, its still pleasing to note, you don’t doubt the latter. Gratitude to you, thus.

        If you cared to look at my comment, you would realise that my blame is largely on the community (neighbours e.t.c) which failed its duty. Unfortunately, Lunguzi is part of the community hence the whip on her as well. Otherwise, the issue of death is so saddening that no one, in their right mind; should find political or whatever pleasure, in it; just as Lunguzi seems to.

  52. ZALEWA says:

    NJALA IMABVUTA
    KWAMBIRI
    KU DEDZA.

    NTHAWINSO YA BAKILI
    KUNAFA ANTHU AMBIRI
    KU DEDZA NDI NJALA
    MAKA WAMUNA.

  53. nuke says:

    My humble plea to all politicians is DO NOT POLITICIZE HUNGER!! Don’t try to score cheap poliical mileage when we r all suffering bcoz of the scarcity and exorbitant price of maize! Let us all work together and find a solution to this suffering. To the Government I say don’t give maize to Cabinet Ministers to distribute, its not their role or mandate. If u give maize to Bright Msaka or Jappie Mhango to distribute u should also give Chakwera or Richard Msowoya! Otherwise u r campaigning using Tax payers money for ur selfish motive to hoodwink our rural folks that u r caring for them while u r stealing from them!

  54. thom says:

    IMF/donors/Government should take responsibility. Can this really happen in the 21st Century. IMF is responsible because they say government is off track, so who has suffered not the top brass in government it is the poor. Donors you say cashgate so no aid and budget support who did cashgate is it these two poor children, you withold aid and now see the consequences. Government is responsible for not controlling vendors and admarc staff, and also one of the reasons is the nosediving economy people dont have money to buy food.

  55. ziliko says:

    ALL MPs SHOULD DO THE SAME IN MALAWI. IT IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY THAT ARE DOING ALL THIS TO DISCREDIT PETER MUTHALIKA. PETER MUTHALIKA WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID NOBODY WILL DIE OF HUNGER.

  56. Malawian!!! says:

    Adona, share your salary with them by buying food items and distribute to the poor. 20 kgs they are buying from Admarc is not enough for the whole family. Your friends are doing sacrifices by seeking iron sheets for the whole constituency.

  57. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    Iweyo Lunguzi why didn’t you share your food with the two children?

    You can lie to others but not to some of us. Thus, as the kids had no food, you knew. As the kids began to suffer from lack of food, you knew. And you kept watching and maybe getting worried they weren’t dying. Until they died so that you could rush and publicise the news.

    . . . Are you sure you find more comfort in watching the kids die so that you could rush to advertise their deaths hence discredit the govt which already has no credit; than helping the kids live?
    . . . Are you sure that gossip has so established itself in your blood that you can even gamble lives for it? Yours is a strange mind!
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    This is more of a case of having no money to buy food than just the scarcity of food itself. As such, your constituents including yourself should have helped these kids. Its a wonder how the whole village could not help these kids. That’s why am convinced you just watched as they died so that you could discredit the already discredited and useless govt.

    “It takes the whole village to raise a child.” – Nigerian Proverb; yet you seem to celebrate your failure?

    Shame on you! Shame on your constituents!
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  58. Ineyo says:

    This Woman Is Foolish!! Akhale Dolo Iye Osawapatsa Chimanga Anthu Ake Bwanji?

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