Written by MANENO CHIMULALA
MZUZU--People in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, sent a strong message to government over the maize shortage at Agricultural Development Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) as they stormed Malawi Human Rights Commission premises to ask for intervention.
The seemingly angry people who failed to buy the commodity at Chilambula ADMARC decided to seek assistance from MHRC to help in pushing the government to treat the maize shortage as a matter of urgency.
MHRC executive secretary Grace Malera confirmed the development and said they were looking into it as it was a human rights issue.
“It is true that almost 50 people came to our offices complaining the shortage of maize in Admarc. After receiving the complaint, we had to brainstorm if it was a human rights issue and with the information that the people provided convinced us to intervene.
“We went to Chilambula ADMARC to investigate the matter and the Admarc officials confirmed the shortage of the maize at the depot. As of now we have dispatched a group of people to investigate the quantity of maize remaining in the country’s ADMARC depots”, said Malera.
Malera further said that the people at Chilambula ADMARC were only allowed to buy 10 kilo grams per person.
Hunger has hit many households and Pres Joyce Banda has been crisscrossing the country distributing relief food items to families affected by the hunger.
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