By Eric Nantchengwa, MANGOCHI
Centre for Democracy and Economic Initiatives-CDEDI sees no survival for the majority of poor Malawians following government’s announcement that ADMARC should be selling maize at K600 per kilogram, translating to K30 000 per 50 kilogram bag.
Currently, the bag is going at the exorbitant price of K40 000; adding more misery to the citizens who are already facing the harsh reality of the high cost of living amid the prevailing economic mess.
Its Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa describes the set minimum price as a joke while demanding justification from Agriculture Minister, Sam Kawale.
Namiwa finds no sense in the move; arguing it doesn’t resonate well with the minimum wage of K50 000, stressing many will be exposed to deadly hunger.
He asks: “What is government thinking about millions of Malawians threatened by starvation?”
This comes as the recent Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report said an estimated 4.4 million people are on the verge of facing hunger in the country.
“For the noble cause of those in need of food to avoid starvation, CDEDI won’t relent in pushing for affordable maize prices and free food distribution to the ultra-poor despite their political affiliations,” says Namiwa in a statement.
Meanwhile, government has on Thursday started distributing maize to ADMARC where people will only be allowed to purchase 25 kilograms each.
In total, there are 12,640 metric tonnes-MT with 10,170 MT, 1,320 MT and 1, 150 MT going to the southern, central and northern regions respectively.
Namiwa (in black suit) carries a placard during the CDEDI’s recent vigils at Parliament Building in Lilongwe on maize crisis.