Mutharika admits Malawi citizens starving: Fails to clear air on maize scarcity

Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday failed to clear the mist over the availability of maize in the country following reports that the country’s sole grain marketer, Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) is running short of supply.

Mutharika : Maize crisis n Malawi

Mutharika : Maize crisis n Malawi

Mutharika, in a statement to the nation, admitted to have received reports on the scarcity of maize in Admarc depots, and was quick to accept that some people in the country are currently starving due to the situation.

The statement comes days after Thyolo-based Social and Economic Justice Association (SEJA) wrote Mutharika to show his powers by setting a maximum price of selling maize and maize flour on the local market.

Vendors are selling the grain at exorbitant price with a 50kg bag going at a minimum of K15, 000 in some markets. Admarc sells 50kg bag at K5, 500.

However, on Wednesday Mutharika despite expressing his sadness on the maize scarcity situation, failed to clear the mist on the availability of the grain in the national silos and what the authorities were doing to improve the situation in Admarc depots to ensure people are able to access the much needed maize.

“My repeated assurances to you that no one shall die of hunger. Based on the assessed requirements of maize and the quantities of maize that we bought, there should have been enough maize in Admarc depots to cater for everyone’s needs,” explained Mutharika in the statement.

The President whose government is facing economic turmoil, said, based on information from his officials, there is enough maize in the country.

He did not however disclose as to how much maize the country’s silos currently have and how much his government will procure, but disclosed that he was informed of the critical shortage of maize at many Admarc depots.

Mutharika then admitted that some people in the country were currently starving due to the maize situation the country is experiencing, adding that based on assessment his government did last year, there should have been enough maize in Admarc depots by now to meet the demand.

He then warned his government will take action against officials conniving and selling the grain to vendors in bulk thereby creating shortage.

“Admarc, meanwhile, will continue to replenish the maize stocks. In addition, we have additional money to buy more maize if needed,” added Mutharika.

An assessment by government last year indicated that about 2.8 million will experience food shortage and need assistance.

Currently, the food shortage situation is worsening in the country and people are spending nights at Admarc depots just to access the grain which are only allowed to buy a minimum of 20kgs per individual.

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24 thoughts on “Mutharika admits Malawi citizens starving: Fails to clear air on maize scarcity”

  1. Winston Msowoya says:

    Our predicaments are due to our own shortsightedness and an inborn tribalistic incarnate so let us all suffer together.We could have learnt a vivid lesson from Hastings Banda,but unfortunately,we blindly fell into another trap,this time over the Muthalika evil brothers.The problem we are facing to day,is lack of authentic leadership period.How could the state fail to feed its people,while the leaders themselves are a washed with billions of stollen finances.It is indeed unbelievable that Malawians are deeply divided along ethnic lines and this is fact,but the majority South and Central Malawi see things as usual.Now,are the victims of failed leadership come from the North alone? It is the national pandemonium created by leaders of the majorority regions.It is shameful to see that China with the population of 2billion people to feed,give food to 15million Malawians and Egypt,with more than half of the land is desert,supplies food to Malawians while state funds go to hire private jets and creating bogus positions as advisers to the President paying them astronomically high salaries that do not even meet their qualifications while our children and the old are starving.Malawians,we are paying for our stupidity and it is heartbreaking to see such small countries like Rwanda which had fought a genocidal war of the century,excel in rebuilding its former devasteted economy.The problem is ours,and nobody will correct the mistakes for us.Let’s continue to call each other names and we shall see the repercussion thereafter.ONE MALAWI ONE NATION!!!!

  2. pido says:

    Mudabera mavoti nkuyes dziko muyendetsa ngati madzi. Satana wakukhalirani ngati mmene adalilira mkulu wanu thoughsadlakwe. Lapani, momwe mudalowera mboma mavuto mbwee. Chitani manyazi mudabera innocent people abale lapani osati zopemphera pa camera zo ayi

  3. Concerned Citizen says:

    I thought we had imported maize from Zambia, or am I mixing up years. I thought we had enough stocks to last. What has happened?

    Reflecting on the famine of 2001?

  4. blind loyalty is wat killing us malawians insteady of telling d boss d trut were bzy feeding him wt fake information mkesa mumati zea ndi yambili so y are we staving tinene kut kwabweraso maize gate zatikwana its beter to die rather than to stay in dis prison so called country

  5. Yellow Maize says:

    This is what you get when you appoint idiots to management positions and Board members to ADMARC. They are there to be rewarded for their loyalty and not to work. Looks they are untouchables nanga up to the extent of embarrassing the President like this and none has so far lost their jobs?

  6. michigan aka dziwe lankhalamba lamizimu says:

    I think its high time mr president u resign coz a lot of questions we hav and u are failing to address but why????? Remember zinthu sizingayende ngati anthu akudandaula madandaulo a avutika ndi tsoka lalikulu, kodi za nyanja ziiii, ndege gate ziiiii, aphunzitsi up to 2 years ziiii, mareforms ziiiiii. We are lost

  7. Hamu says:

    This why I said Matchona will not help us.

  8. John Black says:

    Where’s the 6.5 Billion from the Chinese? You can import an awful lot of maize with that.

  9. No laughing matter says:

    This is not lecturing what others taught you but leading a country to prosperity. All the best

  10. Saunders Jumah the Utopian says:

    Malawi my country! Where are you heading to with 15million souls aboard.
    The driver Peter Mutharika holds an amateur driving licence for smaller vehicles like schools and colleges not country like Malawi.
    Malawi needs drivers with PSV code 14 driving licence. Don’t just feel comfortable at the state house deliver.
    My people are not going to give you a chance if you cant deal with the hunger and scarcity of services now.
    Do not say you were not warned.

  11. President Mkango Lion Chivomorezi Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza says:

    We neede solution boss

  12. cbk says:

    warning warning what!!!F ind solution now!Why taking people for granted pole suffering but boasting of enough maize in silos? Release it now or else allow foreign companies to import in flour tax free.Thus all.

  13. ZINAZI says:

    Ng’ombe Zazimuna
    Kulephera kududa ngolo
    Ziphwisi tolooooo !!!

    Ngati galimoti ya
    Misifaya !!

  14. mbwenu says:

    the late Bingu, RIP, directed that no one should be found selling green maize and i tell you it helped a lot to minimise theft of this green maize from the garden and also the maize dried eventually people had flour in their houses. It does no harm if this directive is reinstated!!!

  15. Issa Kabudula says:

    You can not sell the product or service with a triple its price in china, its unfortunate in Malawi where our so called vendors got no boundary/regulations they charge their commodities very high and the misuse the profits they have through bear/women – shame.

    The government must act – yes we are in democracy, but this one is killing the poor village man and women and so creating more poverty in the communities and household and in return the whole country is producing poor future leaders, who is given the chance of being a councillor/member of parliament will be there to steal the money of the public due to poverty mind-set. Tisinthe a Malawi – sizilibwino izi.

  16. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Time for action on this issue, Mr. President. No more warnings or dithering.
    People want to see “orders” given to ADMARC, and obeyed.
    ADMARC is treating people like animals; and that is unacceptable. Why would ADMARC horde any food in times like this? Except perhaps for greed and criminal activity, no less. ADMARC have been outed, and now it’s your job to get some heads to roll: ADMARC’s behavior must have consequences on its leadership!
    We know this whole region of Africa is experiencing severe drought conditions; and this year is a picnic compared to what we will see next year. But that is a different issue.. We are talking about HERE AND NOW.

  17. Vuto ndi bodza ndi kuba basi.Munanamiza wanthu kuti mwagula chimanga ku zambia ndi Mozambique nanga chili kuti?Munangogula pang’ono kenaka ndalamazo ndi kugawana.Tamva kale kuti mboma ili cholinga sikuthandiza wanthu koma akuti papsya tong’olo suziwa mtima wa moto nde slogani yawo imeneyo.Akuti achitiletu kuwopa kuzavutika akachoka mboma.Lero mukuti palibe atafe ndi njala chonsecho anthu akufa.mukungozikundikra nonkha chuma basi.Chimanga kunakankhala kuti chilipo chambili mu ma silos ku kanengo sibwenzi anthu akuvutika ma admarc ndiponso sibwenzi chimanga chikufika pa mtengo wa k15,000.Vuto ndilakuti Ibu wanthuyi ma batman omuzungulira ndiwo akumupisitsa .Ma batman amenewo ndiwonso anawononga big kahuna bingu.Goodall Gondwe,George Chaponda,Henry mussa,Mwanawaveka ,katsaila,Dausi anthu oyipa kwabasi .Imagine Chief secretary nthawi yake yopuma yakwana iwo akuti ayi tichitenso renew contract yake zowona zimenezo?kodi chifukwa ndi mlomwe mnzanu?kulibeko wina wachinyamata amene angalowe malo mwa mkondiwa.Dziko lonse la malawi woyenela kunkhala secretary ndi mkondiwa yenkha basi.BIG SHAME.

  18. Kadakwiza says:

    Just resign. This president has failed. Just resign.

  19. Lupwito says:

    If you are admitting that your pipo are dying and starvig, then what are you doing to assist them? Idiot munthu nkhope ngati Mr Ibu.

  20. furting minister says:

    Mr presedent told the nation during campaign that he will not distribute free maize , goats , abakha and cows to the poor masses. Musova !!

  21. Mbani says:

    effects of 577

  22. Mbani says:

    we want works like vyantonda let others try

  23. BOKHO says:

    No plans no Govt to protect Malawians from hunger.

  24. 2016 welcome says:

    For some people you would wait until they open their mouth to know whether they are dull or smart.But for this president his face is testimonial enough to deduce that he is a blank slate.

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