UDF asks Pres. Banda to re-strategize on food donation

Executive members in the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) have faulted  President Joyce Banda’s maize flour distribution exercise saying it is  enhancing hunger situation in the families of the beneficiary.

Speaking  at the party’s rally held Saturday in Ndirande-Malabada constituency in the commercial capital Blantyre, the UDF top gurus, Moses Dossi and party’s regional governor for the southern Malawi MacDonald Simon, said that the exercise has rendered people helpless once the donated flour finishes.

“President Banda usually donates 25kilograms of maize flour per family which can only last in less than three days.  So sometimes these families expect that another donation will come again which has not been the case,” said Simon.

He said what the president should do is to put the maize she has bought into Admarc depots so that they could sell it at a reduced prices.

Dossi: Confident of UDF winning elections with Atupele Muluzi as torch bearer
Dossi: Confident of UDF winning elections with Atupele Muluzi as torch bearer

“It’s a pity that the Malawi president is personally going out donating maize to people. Have you heard that Barak Obama is donation some food items to his people?” queried Simon.

However, President Banda has previously maintained that no one will stop her from donating the maize to the people saying the exercise seeks to end starvation which according to a recent study has affected about 2 million Malawians.

In his turn, party’s executive member Moses Dossi asked party members to rally behind the party’s presidential candidate for the 2014 elections Atupele Muluzi saying he is the one who will alleviate the problem facing Malawi.

“We have no doubt Atupele will win but what I can tell you is that we should all give him support,” said Dossi.

“Don’t believe those who are saying voting for Atupele is like promoting chieftaincy in Malawi politics. In countries  like United States of America, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo have even been ruled by leaders from the same family but nobody there has described it as chieftaincy.”

Dossi said denying the young Muluzi a vote because he was the son of former president is similar to denying giving someone a driver’s incense just because his or her father was also a driver.

During the UDF gurus introduced the party’s aspiring parliamentarian for the constituency Patience Chirambo.

Chirambo told Nyasa Times that she is aspiring to contest for the parliamentary seat to develop the densely populated area which she said is facing a lot of problems.

“For example we have water problems here which need to be rectified. If we talk about schools, there are also problems  like most schools are charging huge amount of schools fund which is prohibiting some poor families from sending their children to school. And also there are no money lending institutions around here where people can borrow money for small scale businesses. So I want to change that,” she said.

The incumbent  parliamentarian for the Ndirande-Malabada constituency is Aaron Sangala of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party.

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