President Peter Mutharika on Saturday asked millions of starving Malawians to start eating grasshoppers and mice as coping mechanism that can work in the current food situation, saying time of depending on maize is over.
Malawi is facing acute maize shortage blamed on poor harvests last growing season as a result of the twin problem of floods and dry spells.
President Peter Mutharika speaking at the political rally held in Mulanje on Saturday, said his government is under pressure to find solutions of saving Malawians from hunger.
“I have held from the traditional leader’s speech complaining about hunger issue but my government is doing everything to save Malawians from the hunger,” responded the Head of State..
“But why should Malawian die with hunger when we have different of things to eat? Muzidya mbewa, zitete, komanso chinangwa!” he suggested
He also advised civil servant to stop demanding salary increment rather than finding means of sourcing money.
“And you the civil servant you should stop demanding my government to raise your salary because it is doing its best to give you a conducive environment , what you should do is to work hard on your own,” said Mutharika.
Meanwhile, Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga diocese of the Roman Cathedral has asked Malawian leaders to find alternative measures of dealing with the hunger situation than lip service.
He wonder why Malawians should continue starving while the country has plenty water for irrigation.
“Why are our friends in Zambia always having bumper maize harvest and not us? Why the leaders fail to implement irrigation farming?” wondered Mtumbuka.
According to government report, about half of the Malawi population will be affected by hunger due to the drought and flood that hit the country in the 2016 to 2017 rain season.
President Mutharika has reassured all Malawians that no one will die of hunger because government has already purchased maize stock in excess of 1.2 million metric tonnes.