Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—Businessman Charles Mitondo’s dreams of having bumper yield this year have been shattered as his maize crop in the garden Malawi president Dr Joyce Banda inspected in traditional authority Makata’s area in Blantyre two weeks ago has been destroyed by unknown people who slashed down the stalks.
The incident happened just two days after President Banda had inspected the maize garden.
“I don’t know how it happened; we just woke up in the morning and found that the maize in part of the garden has fallen down. I don’t remember hearing a storm or nay heavy wind at night,” Charles’ sister, Florence Mitondo told the Daily Times Thursday.
However, reports indicate that some people pulled down the stalks following misunderstanding over a K50,000 cash gift the Malawi leader presented to the Florence after inspecting the field.
“This is very sad because my yield will be reduced this year,” said Charles.
The agricultural experts who accompanied President Banda during her crop inspection tour estimated a yield of over 200 bags from just a section the Malawi leader inspected.