Catholic bishop slams Malawi govt over Admarc sales

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;  Citizens deserve dignity
Bishop Mtumbuka: Citizens deserve dignity

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.

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Jabulosi
Jabulosi
5 years ago

Where does Jappie get the Maize he is donating? Isn’t it the same ADMARC maize?????? Remember the arrested Ntcheu DPP MP!!!!!

Samuel
Samuel
5 years ago

Mu October muja pamene zinali kumveka zanjala boma likanapempha ILLOVO kuti lilime chimanga chokwana monga mmene lichitira nthawi zonse zikavuta. But its not too late. Pemphani alime chocha nsanga panopa komanso mu September. Boma lilolere kupusa koma likukonza za mmawa. pano chimanga chili pa k11,000.00 ku nchesi, Lilongwe.

Bima Matheza
Bima Matheza
5 years ago

This is what we voted for. The Professor is rulling

kahooy
5 years ago

The church collects tithe and Sunday offerings in millions just as good as Govt does on taxes. What has the church done to help the needy? Is it not hypocricy to expect all help to come from Govt alone? Why are churches busy with feasts instead of helping the poor just as Govt is doing? And does the bishop remind his people to work hard and not to always expect help or handouts from Govt and well-wishers? Lazy bishop of the north!!!

Gundumulani
5 years ago

Where is Joseph Mukasa Zuza? I know he is no more and if he was arrive, we could have seem PASTRAL LETTERS against the government so, wake up our Bishops and advise accordingly .may his soul rest in peace.

Pondani kapampha
Pondani kapampha
5 years ago

Some Depo are just rcvng a countable bags of maize not tally with demand

digo
5 years ago

Bishops shld nt speak. They’ve for long misled ple. We r victims partly bkz of these self acclaimed charismatic earthly citizens. In my
opinion they r like visionless leaders herding blind sheep.

KUKHALA
KUKHALA
5 years ago

THUS A GOOD VOICE BY THE CHURCH

MK
MK
5 years ago

I do not think it is true that vendors are selling a kg of maize at K900 as put in this story. This translates to K45,000 per 50kg bag! Bwana Owen Khamula, check your arithmetic

thapatula
thapatula
5 years ago

Bishop Mtumbuka and your other fellow Tumbuka bishops why do you come only with expression of anger.Why cant you provide solutions but criticisms all the times? Are of bishop of anger and criticism? Try to be sober and constructive not destructive. Bring solutions not problems. You can surrender yourself to be a watchman for the maize. Because the problem here is security of maize from the venders and and other selfish buyers.

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