Veep warns FRA over buying smuggled maize

Vice President Guy Scott has directed Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone to ensure that the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) does not buy maize that is smuggled from neighboring countries.

Speaking yesterday when he addressed scores of local residents at Vubwi school grounds Dr. Scott observed that people were smuggling the grain into the province for sale to the FRA.

Dr. Scott was in Vubwi to drum up support for the PF candidate Margaret Miti in the forthcoming  Parliamentary by-election slated for September 11, 2014.

He stated that there was need to ensure that only locally produced maize was sold to the agency because the purchase of the grain was for the empowerment of Zambians as well as for strategic reserves.

The Vice President said government had already exceeded its maize purchase target of 500,000 metric tons, adding that there was therefore need to ensure that the maize bought was locally produced.

Dr. Scott stressed government’s commitment in ensuring that it addressed the needs of the people. He said unscrupulous businessemen should not be tolerated.

And Luangeni MP, Charles Zulu said the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) would spend K6 million to connect Vubwi district to the national power grid.

He stated that President Michael Sata was committed to improving the lives of the people in the area.

Mr Zulu said apart from the roads, health facilities and schools that were being constructed, government was also drilling boreholes to ensure that people access clean and safe drinking water.

“We want to see people enjoy the fruits of genuine development which has been initiated by President Sata, this development is meaningful because it improves the lives of ordinary people,” he said.

Meanwhile the PF candidate Margaret Miti pledged to enhance development started by President Michael Sata if voted into parliament.

Ms Miti said PF wanted a representative from the ruling party who she said should help enhance the many development projects that were taking place in Vubwi constituency.

The Vubwi constituency Parliamentary seat fell vacant following the nullification of the MMD’s Eustarckio Kazonga election by the Supreme Court due to alleged electoral malpractices.

Other candidates contesting the seat are Mr Alfonso Phiri UPND, Mr Charles Nyoka of FDD andMr  Kazonga of the MMD who is re-contesting the seat.