Food-insecure districts in Lusaka Province get 563.63 tonnes of relief maize


GOVERNMENT, through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), under the Office of the Vice-President, has released 563.63 tonnes of relief maize for food-insecure districts in Lusaka Province.
The 2013 vulnerability and needs assessment report identified Chongwe, Rufunsa, Kafue, Shibuyunji, Chirundu and Luangwa districts as food-insecure districts that needed urgent relief.
Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice-President in charge of the DMMU
Davies Mwango revealed that the relief food was ready for distribution.
Mr Mwango was speaking in Shimabala in Kafue District on Monday where he was
officiating at a handover ceremony of Lukolongo Bridge that was constructed by the Zambia National Service at a cost of K300,000.
He called on the district disaster management committee chairpersons to
facilitate the distribution of the maize.
“I urge chairpersons of respective district disaster management committees in these districts to expeditiously facilitate immediate distribution of this relief maize,” he said.
The deputy minister warned that his office would not tolerate delays in serving the vulnerable people in the affected districts.
Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary Wamunyima Muwana thanked the Government for listening to the people of Shimabala by constructing the bridge that was meant to mitigate transport hurdles for farmers in the area.
The strategic crossing at Lukolongo Stream serves more than 40 communities that include Sondela Paramilitary Training College, small and large-scale farmers, schools and rural health centres.