Member of Parliament for Mzimba West (PP) Harry Mkandawire said in parliament this week that the acute shortage of maize in most parts of Malawi, exacerbated by the dramatic increase in the prices of the staple food, has left thousands of desperate Malawians to resort to eating maize bran or Madeya meant for pigs.
Malawi is experiencing an acute shortage of the staple food.
Most families are having difficulty to cope with the maize price situation in Malawi, and according to Mkandawire, in the wake of this desperate situation, people are queuing outside milling companies and maize mills scrambling to buy bran, a by-product of maize, used mainly as feeding for poultry swine.
“I have four questions from my people from Mzimba West. The first one, is the Minister aware that people now have resorted to buying madeya or gaga which is meant for pigs? Are we saying this country has gone to the pigs? This is shameful. People are living on madeya. People are living on gaga,” said Mkandawire.
Mkandawire also asked Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Allan Chiyembekeza whether President Peter Mutharika has lived to his word by saying nobody will die of hunger in Malawi this season.
“We have heard of two kids of dying in Dedza. I will not mention how many have died in my constituency because you will not believe. But I am not surprised, because government is not aware of what is happening. They don’t know what is going on. It is either they are ill advising the President, just to mislead him so that he becomes very unpopular,” said Mkandawire.
Outspoken Mkandawire said the DPP government is “divided” and that the leadership is exceptionally inept.
“ I am not surprised people are calling for this government to step down because they don’t know what they are doing,” said Mkandawire.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Mulanje Bale Victor Musowa standing on a point of order asked Mkandawire no to “dramatise issue of hunger.”
But Speaker Richard Msowoya ruled Musowa out of order himself for dramatising the issue.
Presenting a ministerial statement on the food situation in the country in Parliament on Monday, Chiyembekeza said Malawi has 9 300 metric tonnes (MT) of maize in stock.
Chiyembekeza said the maize is still being collected from the warehouses within the country and some of the maize is coming from Zambia.
“So, we are mobilizing the maize and then relocating it to places where it is supposed to be,” he said.
There are long queues of maize buyers at state grain trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) depots throughout the country because of shortage of the staple grain.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :