REPORTS of people in need of relief food appear to be on the fretting upturn lately.
A day hardly passes without hearing of relief food being sought in some parts of Zambia and this has almost become a national psalm.
In nearly every corner of Zambia, there appears to be clusters of people in need of relief food which they rightly merit to be given.
Chief Government spokesperson Dora Siliya is on record of assuring that government is on top of things and was busy distributing relief food to places even where the PF has no support as its attentiveness is centered to areas affected with hunger.
The information Minister assured that the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unity (DMMU) was distributing foods to areas that were affected with hunger due to the dry spells and floods experienced in the 2018/2019 farming season.
Ms Siliya further said the office of the Vice President was on course of responding to adversities faced by Zambians nationwide and has since called on the public to support government’s effort to enhance people’s livelihoods.
“It is unfortunate that members of the public especially the opposition want to politic and continue claiming that this relief is only going to areas where they are PF strong holds, this is not and I hope that we put this matter to bed” she said. Maybe government has its own ways of doing things, but these reports of people in need of food appear to be recalcitrant, with grim outcomes.
Only last week we had reports from Chiawa that because of the pangs of hunger the youths in area have taken to drugs and alcohol abuse whiles the girls have turned to prostitution in exasperation.
And the Sun reported yet another hunger situation that has hit Sinda District in Eastern Province and residents have appealed to Government for urgent relief food.
One of the affected residents Jairos Banda complained that the situation was dire and government should quickly move in to avert a looming calamity.
Mr Banda said from the time government started distributing relief in selected parts of Zambia, Sinda had been omitted for unknown reason.
In an interview with the Sun, Mr Banda said many farmers were affected by the dry spell that hit some parts of Zambia resulting in the current food shortages.
He said apart from that, some farmers did not acquire enough farming inputs to grow maize and other crops hence the present precarious food situation.
Mr Banda said there was need for government to distribute relief food in all villages before people started dying of hunger.
“Residents of Sinda have appealed to government for relief food because we have a lot of people who are in hunger situation and the only hope they have is to be helped the same way government is providing food in other districts that were hit by a dry spell,” he said.
Mr Banda said children and expectant mothers were most affected by the hunger situation in many surrounding villages.
We strongly feel matters of hunger are serious issues which should be taken seriously by government because it is people’s lives at stake. South Sudan minister of agriculture Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro once quipped: “A hungry nation is an angry nation. A hungry house is an angry house”.