15 August 2016 Last updated at: 10:08 AM

Malawi Veep Chilima dresses down critics over maize crisis

Malawi’s vice president Saulos Chilima has taken a swipe at critics from opposition parties in the country who claimed that government has not bought enough maize for Malawians.

The development comes at a time when opposition parties have expressed concern over the maize crisis arguing that government tends to give empty promises to citizens on maize availability in the country.

The parties added that the ruling Democratic Progress Party (DPP) must not fool Malawians again on the maize crisis with promises that are yet to be implemented.

Saulos Chilima

Saulos Chilima speaks tough on maize crisis in Malawi.

But speaking at a political rally in Mchinji district on Sunday, Chilima said the country has enough in stock for the citizens who are food insecure following bad weather that hit the country during the 2015/16 agricultural season.

Chilima added that government has plans to buy maize for the next agricultural seasons as reports reveal that the country might also experience natural disasters that are to affect the agricultural sector in the 2016/17 farming period.

He further assured people in the country that ‘no one will die of hunger’ as government plans to transport the staple grain from national silos to satellite depots of ADMARC.

Nearly half of Malawi’s population is food insecure following EI-Nino weather that led to persistent droughts in most parts of the country during the last growing season.

Earlier this year, Malawi government also assured citizens that maize was available as the country was buying a lot from neighbouring countries.

However, media reports revealed ‘serious’ shortage of maize in the country as people were queuing for days to buy food in ADMARC depots.

23 Comments On "Malawi Veep Chilima dresses down critics over maize crisis"

  • Its a concern Mr VP. People are scrambling for maize nw and everybody is @ panic so just reassure the Malawians that they will not starve otherwise za enawo mmmmmmh sunganeneretu.

  • Kamulepo ali ndi banja nanga ana alinawo amati chani akamaona bambo awa ,azeru kapena mbuzi yosusa koma ngt ali ndi ana ali ndi umuna wonyasa bamboo

  • Munangobadwa ngati khoswe mtima wanjira basi mulungu wanu ndiye uti ,peter akambe ichi ai chilima ichi ai ufi chani?

  • 50kg K15000!!????????????????????????????????????.

  • Iwe nkhani iliapa ndi yachakudya wanva

  • The best evidence that there is a shortage of maize is the high price of maize on the market which is between K12000 and K15000 per 50 kilograms bag of maize. Chilima is lying that there is enough maize in the country:

  • Malawians!Malawians u voted for change, but today your own vote is killing u, this is the change u wanted!

  • Mr VP let me tell u dat ‘action speaks louder than words’ a bad carpernter bleam his tools.

  • Muzilemekeza mafumu anu ndi kugonja kuzoikika ndipo tiknndane 1 Petro vs 17– ndiye zomangonyoza atsogolerizi samalani

  • Ife zopusa sitimafuna muwuzane ku OPC kwanuko mukamadya ndikumwerela zolima aphawi,

  • I don’t trust this man.He lied to civil servants.They are still receiving what he termed ‘MACHENJI`.This Veep?

  • richman says:

    chilima kanundu wampweteka kwambiri akuona ngati kunyumba kwake kukakhalachimanga ndiye kuti ku ADMARC kuli chimanga mbuzi ya mano kunsi kunena zoona ku Malawi chimanga kulibe Boma likupanga ma plan ogula cchimanga ndipo kunja ndipa likhala likupanga ma plan amenewa mpaka mu February anthu atayamba kufa ndi njala poti boma ili ndi boma la ma plan

  • Uyu nayeso angobeledwa amphuzire ankati dziko la mw azayendesa ngati business kt titukuke lero ndiye nziti patumbo pake


    Nothing forcibly strikes than the faces of TPLF officials – faces imbued with guilt and the haunting reality of an imminent coup, that CAN no longer be soothed by the hyperbolic gestures of the dreaded security apparatus nor by anxieties of the West.

    That coupled with a mishmash of Foreign Policy designed to function side-by-side with an exaggerated sense of “nation-hood” on mythical proportions, yet always teetering towards ethnographic revisionism (i.e. by in large dominating the psyche of the past and present vacuous regimes of Ethiopia), could only serve as a tandem of negative mutations.

    To grasp the totality of the layered and structured violence in today’s IMPLODING ETHIOPIA, one must go back to its early inception as an artificially glued and lumped together “nation” through population harvesting (predominantly with Yemenis), and thereby advancing with a logical disorder that asserts Perpetual WARFARE of the Within.

    That implies, if we collapse the two syntax into one premise (i.e. seeking glorification vs. pursuing a syllabus rendered with revisionism, so as to distort the origins of a socio-political sectarianism), something that pervades across the entire landscape of this country, then don’t be surprised to see many ethnic stocks taking arms and refusing to be sucked into the “Abyssinian” myth, and according to European scholars, this term “AITHIOPIA” coined from GREEK NEW TESTAMENT around 1600 AD, only beguiles with a self-negation to the nth degree, and it basically refers to black people (AITHO = burn and OPS = face), and you can be forgiven of thinking “Abyssinians” as friends of Black people, historians have documented it very well, in stating [you cannot make menelik to be proud of his blackness. Menelik dismissed it in public, and he told the whole world that he is Caucasian, not black], please refer to Menelik’s circular letter.

    In the same manner that hunger and starvation of the innocent civilians paid a price for and continue to do so (EVEN TODAY) at the behest of the AID’S-ABABA’s Successive corrosive regimes, and neither should it be unappetizing the cronies of the TPLF), asking vaingloriously European investors to emphasize falsity above the truth (i.e. see the world through the lens of us), then the seismic eruptions spilling over to your TV screens is indeed an opportunity to demand the relocation of the African Union Seat from the site of mass grave of innocent Oromo Civilians and Amhara, where African leaders meet at various levels year-around, without the least obituary for those fellow African Victims.

    Far from cherishing the facts on the ground, Ethiopia’s regimes (including this one, the remnants of the late poisoned Zenawi, apparently by his wife), did always resort to social order that at best favors family cartels linked to the organs of the state, and at worst cheats to accumulate wealth, thus the romanticism of “appealing to the world, while in the midst of a volatile region”, scapegoating tactics that breeds into the production of an unnatural TPLF entrepreneurs, thriving on belated, conspicuous improbable possibilities – taking democracy less seriously, ONLY TO conjure parodic executive authority that overrides institutions and still wishes to secure “real change”, is thereby a romantic impulse that must be dislodged by force.

    Gudbi Fariinta, A Liberty Report

  • Malawi must be closed

  • Tell dem de truth

  • Uyu amati chilima uyu suja amati aphunzitsi azayamba kulandira salale yeni yeni osati ma chenji na zikutheka?


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