Activists in Malawi have condemned vendors who are holding maize with the aim of selling the grain later at exorbitant prices.
Executive director for Health and Rights Education Program, Maziko Matemba, said it is not wrong to expect profits from a business but holding maize is against humanity.
“It is wrong to hoard maize and sell it at an exorbitant price, think of that others are sick in the hospitals and in great need of food yet someone is keeping the food away from people,” said Matemba.
Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito also denounced the act by vendors saying it is a mockery to poor Malawians.
“There are some vendors who are keeping maize in their granaries this is a mockery and a challenge to Malawians,” said Kapito.
He added that those vendors who are doing that have to stop and release the maize because many people need it.
“Cama is aware of all the traders that are hoarding maize and the warehouses where such maize is being held. Cama is calling upon government to advise the traders to release the maize onto the market or Cama will get those warehouses opened by force through other means,” Kapito said.
Government officials also blame vendors for scarcity of maize in Admarc depots, accusing them of buying in bulk in order to sell at higher prices.