Muchinga member of Parliament Howard Kunda has accused the Patriotic Front (PF) government of patronizing Zambians
because of the way it is handling the agriculture sector.
Mr Kunda has said the PF government has never been serious in all its undertaking since it came in power in 2011 adding that the ruling party is headed for a disaster.
In an interview with the Daily Nation in Livingstone, Mr Kunda said the PF government told Zambians that it would start purchasing maize through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) in the first week of July but surprisingly up to now, the agency in Muchinga had not yet started buying maize from farmers.
“To start with, when you look at the agriculture sector under this PF government, you will realize and notice that they are not serious.
Government said that it will start purchasing maize from our farmers on July 1 but up to now my people are still waiting.
“This PF government does not stick to what they say, they mean the opposite. Even the distribution of farming input has not yet started but they are busy claiming that they have commenced,” said Kunda.
He charged that government was being run haphazardly adding that that was the reason why there was no order in the PF government.
“PF is just playing with the people of Zambia and they are playing with the staple food.” he observed. And Mr Kunda has claimed that despite the social cash transfer programme not being implemented in his constituency, the programme is being mismanaged by the PF. He said if the programme was being managed well, lives of many poor Zambians especially those in rural areas and single parent headed families would have improved by now.
“Social cash transfer is a good thing but it has not been implemented well by our colleagues in the PF. Intended beneficiaries are not the ones benefiting from the programme. The funds are not easy to access,” he said.