Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

17 March 2014

Malawi: President Banda to Continue Distributing Maize to Needy People

Thyolo, 17 March: President Dr. Joyce Banda says she will continue distributing food aid to families affected by hunger to serve lives despite some calls from opposition parties and other NGOs that she should stop.

Banda said this on Sunday at a developmental rally she held at Goliati Trading Centre in Thyolo District.

She wondered why some quarters were demanding that she should stop distributing maize to families affected by hunger while former presidents were distributing maize without any disturbances when they were in power.

President Banda said she started distributing food aid way back before she became the state president.

"I have been distributing maize for so many years, even last year I did, where were those stopping me from distributing maize and why stopping me this year," wondered Banda.

She, therefore, said her government will make sure that the food should rich the intended beneficiaries regardless of political affiliation.

Dr. Banda said her government will continue with farm input programme and the Farm Input Loan Programme so that the country should continue having bumper yields as most areas have already indicated that people will harvest more.

However, Banda said shortage of land in other districts is also contributing to hunger as most families do not have enough land for cultivation.

She also said that government is working around the clock to ensure that there is a good flow of maize in all Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) depots in the country so that people should not panic.

"Two years ago people could spent days and nights waiting for maize in our Admarc deports, but that is not the case with my administration," she said.

On the country's economy, Banda said her government has done a good progress, saying Malawi Kwacha has appreciated.

She added that availability of forex is also a sign that the People's Party (PP) led government.

"This is a sign that we are on course of improving our economy because when I came into power in 2012, I discovered that there was no money in government coffers," she said.

The President also donated a house built under Mudzi Transformation Trust to Belita Malikita who looks after her five grandchildren.

President Banda said the ruling PP has brought real freedom as it is being witnessed through freedom of speech and association in the country.

At the function, President Banda also donated blankets, floor, soap and sugar to needy families.

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