Hunger hits Mulobezi district

Mulobezi district in Western Province has been hit by hunger while farmers who sold their produce to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) have not yet been paid their monies.

Reports obtained by the Daily Nation in Mulobezi indicate that places like Nawinda, Luamuloba, Sichili and parts of Machile and Mulobezi are the most hit areas.

The situation has led to villagers resorting to living on wild fruits commonly known as Muhuluhulu and Mumonsomonso.

Former UPND Mulobezi Member of Parliament who the party has already adopted to re-contest the seat Hastings Sililo confirmed the development in an interview with the Daily Nation in Sichili the Boma of Mulobezi district.

Sililo who described the situation as serious also disclosed that some school going children have even stopped attending classes due to hunger.

He said that the situation calls for quick intervention from the government but was quick to mention that relief food would not be the best remedy bearing in mind that there is a by-election in Mulobezi.

“My area has been hit with hunger in wards like Nawinda, Luamuloba, Sichili and part of Machile and Mulobezi, these are the most affected areas. Right now people are feeding on some wild fruits known as Muhuluhulu and Mumonsomonso,” he said.

“This has also seen the number of school going children reducing because they cannot go to school without food. The situation is serious and I think this PF government should find a solution to this problem.

I am aware they are trying to bring relief food which they are using to campaign and they are just giving their PF members but this is not supposed to be the case. We are all Zambians and everyone needs to benefit,” said Sililo.

And some farmers in Mulobezi district who sold their maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) have not yet been paid their monies.

According to Hastings Sililo, more than half of the farmers who supplied their maize to FRA are still not paid adding the delay has sent farmers into panic.

“Another issue that I want to bring to your attention is the issue of FRA.

More than half of the farmers in the district who sold their maize to the agency have not yet been paid. As you are aware the rains have started and people have not yet bought farming inputs so how do they plough and plant without all these requirements being in place,” Sililo said.

“My appeal on behalf of my people is to the PF government to quickly pay the farmers. What PF is doing to the farmers is not fair even last year the situation was the same,” he said.