MP Lunguzi says govt ‘in denial’ over Malawi maize crisis

Vocal opposition lawmaker Juliana Lunguzi says government needs to stop pretending that people are not dying with starvation, saying the situation of the ground is dire.

Lunguzi says DPP living in a state of deluded denial
Lunguzi says DPP living in a state of deluded denial

“I live on the ground people are suffering people are starving,” said Lunguzi, MP for Malawi Congress Party in Dedza East constituency.

“Very unfortunate that somebody want to deny the reality on the ground,” she added in an interview on Capital Radio.

Lunguzi said for Malawi to receive more aid on maize from China” is an admission there is shortage.”

The MCP legislature strongly believes the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is “in denial” about its “appalling” economic record.

As hunger continues to bite in the country, huge crowds are thronging Admarc depots have become order of the day.

President Peter Mutharika this week addressed the nation on the maize issue warning that the police would arrest anyone found profiteering from the maize from Admarc.

Vendors are reportedly flooding Admarc depots and re-selling the now scarce commodity at exorbitant prices.

Mutharika said: ‘‘This is outrageous and most criminal. It is moral recklessness which I am not going to tolerate, or allow to continue. I strongly warn anyone against such atrocities. This has to stop immediately.”

But activist Billy Mayaya dismissed Mutharika’s intervention, as quoted by Weekend Nation, saying what the President was doing was a misplaced blame game, and stressed that government must take decisive action to solve the problem instead of issuing rhetoric.

Said Mayaya: “We elect leaders to represent us and fulfil our aspirations. What we are seeing is a president pushing blame on vendors and institutions. The vendors and institutions can be controlled; he just has to take action.’’

Over 2.8 million Malawian are food insecure currently, according to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) but the threat of El Nino which is hitting southern Africa has heightened fears that many more will join the long list in need of food aid.

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Mphunzi
Mphunzi
4 years ago

Julie, osadandaula tidya chimanga chapansalu ya DPP and everything will all right

Ntakataka
Ntakataka
4 years ago

How does Mathanyula sleep at night???? It has become very clear that this administration has failed miserably. The most honorable thing is to quit because forceful removal is now inevitable

Kachindamoto
Kachindamoto
4 years ago

Whether its at the hands of Americans, The British or Malawians this Mathanyula guy gotta go. We’ve had enough of him

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34
4 years ago

What we have in Malawi is relative hunger, that is to say we are saying there is hunger because of a shortage in maize supply and prices have gone up and only those with money can afford. While the issue is money and affordability of maize even if maize was affordable and it was still in low supply the hunger would still be relative be because Malawi has other edibles that can be substituted in place of maize. However Malawians are not willing to eat these things because maize is engrained in our minds, that the lack of it causes… Read more »

mwachaje
mwachaje
4 years ago

Talk is cheap, in fact it is the cheapest of all things. As an MP what are you going to DO, Namulangeni?

Zex
Zex
4 years ago

Tatopa nanu anthu adyera inu,chimanga kudula ngati chimachokera kunja?

wewe
wewe
4 years ago

These are just political rhetorics. Lunguzi, you do not know what you are saying. What have you done to your people upon seeing this problem. Remember this is time to show your strength to work with the Government so that you can develop your area. Its not time for campaigning or time to critisize. If you are not careful enough you will end up into MP come 2023/4 in MCP Government. Try to strategies your area and find the solution for your people so that next term you should be elected again. Otherwise, if you continue critisizing the Government continuously…… Read more »

Fwimbi
Fwimbi
4 years ago

With the rate at which our currency races against major currencies, the price for maize is justified. However, the question should be raised to govt about salaries of its employees that can’t match or allow parting for the basic need of human being.
It is now common and bare that this governance has failed the nation.

Billy
Billy
4 years ago

Always government government Mesa iwenso uli govt momwemo. Ndiinu nomwe anthu olemelanu mukuononga Admac. Fuck you all malawi’s politicians

mphawi
mphawi
4 years ago

No hunger in Malawi but poverty

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