Govt. to procure five tonner helicopters for food relief exercise

Kamov Ka-226 helicopters
Kamov Ka-226 helicopters

Government says it will procure five tonner Helicopters to help in air-lifting relief food to flood prone areas in the country.



Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice President Steven Kampyongo says his ministry is sourcing funds  for the procurement of the three helicopters.



Mr. Kampyongo says at the moment his office through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) was relying on Zambia Air Force (ZAF) helicopters to air-lift the maize to needy areas.



He disclosed this in Kalabo when he addressed the DDMU officials at Kalabo Council Chamber, yesterday.



Mr. Kampyongo assured the nation that government was determined to ensure that its citizens don’t go hungry but have enough food.



The Deputy Minister further disclosed that his office has procured six by six  heavy trucks suitable for all terrains of ferrying maize in even sandy areas like Kalabo, Mongu and Nalolo districts.



Meanwhile, Mr. Kampyongo has warned against discriminating vulnerable communities and politicizing relief maize aimed at befitting any desperately calamity stricken person.



He said his office was disturbed by reports that the relief maize was being politicized by DDMU officials when it was supposed to benefit any disadvantaged citizen adding that relief food should evenly be distributed to the beneficiaries across the country.



And Kalabo DMMU Vice Coordinator Mwiya Inambao disclosed that the district has received 200 Metric Tonnes of relief food to be distributed to the flood victims.



Mr.  Inambao who is also Kalabo District administrative Officer (DAO) further stated that Kalabo has so far experienced seven floods and three droughts in the last 31 years.



He bemoaned the poor rainfall patterns being experienced in the area as the district was threatened with severe hunger if the 200 Metric Tonnes was quickly consumed.


The Deputy Minister is in Western province on a fact finding mission and to acquaint himself with the operations of the DDMU committees and is accompanied by Western Province Permanent secretary Augustine Seyuba, Provincial DMMU Coordinator Pumulo Mubita and other senior government officials.