Karonga Catholic Bishop Martin Mtumbuka has told government to ensure it walks the talk by ensuring availability of maize in grain marketer Admarc, saying the current situation is worrisome.
Bishop Mtumbuka, one of vocal voices of the church for the poor, made the comment following a stampede at Karonga Admarc market.
“It is demeaning to human beings that they queue for maize for days,” said Mtumbuka.
He said the government has an obligation to ensure it brings to human beings by not subjecting them to such degrading treatment.
His comments came just a day after minister of Information Jappie Mhango addressed a political rally at the boma where he said there was adequate maize at the Admarc depot.
A day later on Monday, police struggled to quell a stampede and the market was prematurely closed in the morning following fracas that erupted as people fought to buy maize.
Vendors are blamed for conniving with Admarc clerks to buy maize in bulks other than the prescribed 20kg.
Mtumbuka said it was sad people are to wait for days just to buy a 20kg maize.
Admarc maize is selling at K110 per kg while vendors sell the same weight at K900.