Vice President Guy Scott today took time off his election campaign trail and visited two funeral homes in Chief Madzimawe’s area in Kasenengwa Constituency in Chipata District.
Dr Scott visited the homes of the Banda and Chepetsani families in Kasala and Chiteu areas respectively to mourn with the bereaved families.
While the Chepetsani family lost the head of the house, the Banda family had a double tragedy as they have lost both the head of the house Pepulani Banda and his son Chris who was based in South Africa.
The Vice President later cancelled a public meeting he was scheduled to address at Madzimawe Primary School to drum up support for PF candidate Gideon Zulu in the Kasenengwa by-elections set for September 11 in respect of the deceased.
Dr Scott also paid courtesy calls on Senior Chief Nzamane and Chief Madzimawe and held separate private talks with the two traditional rulers.
The Vice President later inspected Food Reserve Agency (FRA) Chiteu Depot in Madzimawe to check on the agency’s maize purchasing exercise.
Dr Scott was impressed that farmers are harvesting 200 bags of 50 kg maize from only four bags of fertiliser they received from the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).
He commended the work being done by FRA and assured farmers who besieged him that government will buy their maize and that all the farmers will be paid their money this September.
And supervisors at the depot Mathews Banda and David Kabwandi told the Vice President that 17,637 by 50 kg bags of maize has so far been purchased from the local small scale farmers in the area.
The duo said they are overwhelmed with farmers who keep on bringing maize to the depot.
Dr Scott urged the FRA staff to speed up the handling process so that farmers are not delayed when they take their maize for sale.