Chadiza MP challenges govt to explain why farmers ‘subsidise’ state

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—Chadiza Member of Parliament, Allan Mbewe, says government must give a better explanation as to why it has decided to take away a K30 from farmers for every bag of fertilizer they will acquire through the exchange with two bags of maize.

In a telephone interview with ZANIS last evening, Mr Mbewe, who is MMD Chadiza Central Member of Parliament, expressed disappointment that it was now the farmer subsidizing government instead of government subsidizing the farmer.

He expressed worry that with the low cotton and tobacco prices and the removal of farmer input subsidies, farming was no longer a profitable business venture, adding that farmers were going to continue suffering with less money in their pockets.

The area Member of Parliament also thanked people of Kabvumo ward for rejecting the PF candidate by voting for the MMD candidate in the June 20, 2013 Kabvumo ward by election.

Mr Mbewe said the loosing PF candidate had no regard for the people’s kindness that they showed him by voting for him on September 20, 2011 when he ditched the party and joined the ruling Patriotic Front on which ticket he re-contested the Kabvumo ward seat and lost it to the MMD.

He said the people of Kabvumo are supposed to be proud of the bold step they took by voting for the MMD because what they did was a genuine democratic right.

Mr Mbewe was happy that the unofficial coalition between the MMD and UPND managed to work out well for the opposition parties in the just ended Kabvumo by election.

He has since called on all opposition parties in the country to work together for the common goal of offering checks and balances to the ruling party.

Mr Mbewe urged electorates across the country not to vote for councillors or Members of Parliament that cause unnecessary by elections by defecting to the ruling party.

He said most of such candidates who defect are just sell-outs and are just after creating wealth for themselves and serving themselves instead of the electorates.

Mr Mbewe also said the opposition parties were going to continue to offer good advice to government and that any move that was going to be negative to the welfare of the people was going to be opposed.