Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—Scores of consumers who thronged Zingwangwa Admarc depot to buy maize in Blantyre Wednesday afternoon were all smiles when veteran gospel musician, Allan Ngumuya, who has shown interest to contest for Blantyre City South parliamentary seat in 2014, bought them food having been there for hours.
Ngumuya bought fritters from vendors and the gesture excited the consumers, mostly women and children, who claimed to have come at the depot in the wee hours of Wednesday to buy maize which the country’s staple food.
He stormed the depot with buckets full of fritters, enough for all people who were at the depot.
Hundreds of consumers scramble to buy maize at Admarc depots where it’s cheaper.
“We can’t afford to buy from retailers because their prices are high. Imagine someone selling a five litre container at K2, 500. This daylight robbery and we cannot afford it,” lamented one consumer who only gave her name as Mrs. Phambala.
Due to scarcity, Admarc started rationing maize. Each customer can only buy 10 kg instead of 50 kg. However consumers complain that 10 kg isn’t enough for their families.
© The Maravi Post 2013