Forum on JB maize distribution consultation exercise

Forum for National Development (FND) has embarked on a national wide consultations with chiefs and citizens if President Joyce Banda should continue distributing maize to the vurnerable.

President Banda has been getting criticism from Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito against  distributing maize.

But FND said it will conduct a face-to-face survey with the people  on whether President Banda should continue to give out maize to those in need of food.

On Tuesday FND embarked on the exercise in Ntcheu where ppeople approved the President’s maize distributions.

FND consultation meeting in Ntcheu
FND consultation meeting in Ntcheu
We need JB's maize: A woman tells FND
We need JB’s maize: A woman tells FND
A woman giving her views at an FND consultation meeting in Ntcheu
A woman giving her views at an FND consultation meeting in Ntcheu

One of the beneficiaries of the maize handouts, Zione Mwenye, speaking during a Consultative Meeting at Madzanje Headqurters in the area of Senior Traditional Authority Kwataine said her family had been suffering due to hunger because she did not harvest enough last season to take her the whole year.

“I and my children were sleeping without food leading to school dropouts of my children because they cannot concentrate in class on empty stomach. We commend President Joyce Banda for her maize distribution which reached my family,” she said.

Hector Ntonda Banda another beneficiary said  President Banda has rescued many villages with her maize distribution, a cow a family, houses built for the poor through the Mudzi Transformation Trust among others.

“We have benefited from the President’s initiatives. Come May 20, we will vote for her because we want her to continue with her programs,” he said.

Ntonda Banda said it is their right to have food, shelter and other basic needs and nobody should dictate them on what to do because they are the ones suffering from hunger.

FND National Coordinator Fryson Chodzi said they are engaging the communities nationwide to hear their views on whether President Banda should continue or stop the handouts.

“We are getting views from the public on these matters and shall take their opinions to the government for action. We want to have an informed position on the matter,” he said.

Bright Kampaundi, FND Chairperson said they want people to speak for themselves and they will stand on the gap to deliver their suggestions to the government.

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