23 September 2016 Last updated at: 4:02 AM
No money to buy maize – Malawi govt
The Malawi Government says it does not have money to buy maize soon from abroad or from within the country.
Confirming the development to one of the local radio station was minister of finance, economic planning and development Goodall Gondwe who said there is no money to purchase maize.
The development comes at a time when there almost half the country’s population have been affected by hunger.
“We have not gone far because we were supposed to do that with the help of loan from suppliers’ credit, but that has not succeeded. The loan was too expensive for a country like Malawi.
“So, we will find other means of getting the money to buy the maize,” said Gondwe.
On Wednesday, Malawi President Peter Mutharika went on the biggest of political stages to ask for support on the hunger crisis in the country.
Mutharika sought the assistance while addressing the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, USA.
The Malawi leader told the audience that his government is currently doing all it can to provide food for the hunger victims.
“However, we need and seek external support of our cooperating partners and multilateral institutions within and outside the UN systems. We still need US$246 million for this cause,” Mutharika said.
He added that if Malawi can get the money, the country will be able to end the current hunger crisis.