Southern Province PF Provincial Chairperson MCC Hon. Lawrence Evans and the entire leadership in the Province wishes to clarifying misleading and malicious statements from the opposition UPND aimed at tarnishing Government’s image that it is distributing maize bran for human consumption to some hunger hit areas of the Province.
Government through the office of the Vice President Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) is coordinating the relief distribution through which people hit by hunger in the Province are receiving mealie meal and some maize bran which is meant as feed for their livestock and not human consumption to ensure the animals are also saved from dieing due to starvation. It is therefore erroneous and misguided to twist the facts and claim that government is giving maize bran to people in hunger hit areas to use for their consumption when it is for livestock.
UPND’s apetite to gain cheap political face or capital even from the most of unfortunate calamities or circumstances is shocking and worrying to say the least because the party seems to find celebration and delight from anything even where everyone else is commiserating. The poor rainfall recorded in many parts of the country leading to failed crop was not a creation of the Government of His Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, but an act of nature.
However, His Excellency President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu has stated and made it clear that His Government will ensure no Zambian in all the districts hit by hunger will die of starvation because government has enough resources both human and otherwise to deal with the obtaining situation by carrying out distribution of relief food for both humans and livestock.
We urge the UPND to know when to politic and when to stand together as a country and one such time to stand together is now as the country deals with the lack of food in some parts of the country because hunger dehumanizes and does not know tribe or political affiliations.
Nonetheless, as a party in Southern Province we are happy that the Government of His Excellency President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu has been equal to the task as relief food in terms of mealie meal is reaching all the areas requiring it without major challenges so far and we have no doubt the exercise at the end of the day will achieve its goals of preserving human life before the next harvest some time next year.