Government refutes Red Cross report on famine situation

Government refutes Red Cross report on famine situation

The PF government through its Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has rubbished a report by the Red Cross that 38 districts in Zambia are in the emergency phase of famine.

Government says only three districts are under emergency phase.

DMMU National Coordinator Chanda Kabwe says as far as the PF government is concerned, only Lunga, Gwembe and Shangombo districts are under emergency phase from October 2019 to March 2020.

Kabwe however said (foolishly) that DMMU is currently providing relief to 1.7million people that were affected by the prolonged dry spell but the number will increase to 2.3million from October to March next year.

Kabwe accused the Red Cross of issuing alarming reports, with incorrect statistics on hunger situation in Zambia.

Earlier, the Red Cross said Zambia is currently facing acute food insecurity, shortage of clean and safe drinking water, chronic high malnutrition, an energy deficit and livestock diseases. The devastating effects of prolonged dry spells coupled with the late onset of the rainy season have resulted in poor agricultural production and reduced access to food, contributing to acute food insecurity conditions across the country.

The prolonged dry spells between January and March 2019 affected Southern and Western parts of Lusaka, and the Eastern and Central provinces. In most districts, many households facing a second consecutive season with prolonged dry spells had limited stocks of cereals which depleted during the first three post-harvest months of April – June 2019 setting in motion widespread food scarcity expected to continue up to the next harvest period, that is, April of 2020. Most of these households rely entirely on rainfed crop production for food and income and any prolonged deviation from the normal pattern drastically undermines food security.

Further, thirty-eight (38) of the fifty-eight (58) districts that were in IPC phase 3 (crisis) by April have now degenerated to IPC phase 4 (emergency). A total population of 1.7 million is facing food scarcity.

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    Musumali Liyunga 2 weeks ago

    I have maintained that the PF Government is using food as weapon. They continue denying that there is hunger in the country because the affected districts are in the opposition strong holds. Those that wish to secede from the country called Zambia have a point. We cannot have a country that only represents one part of the country, former North Eastern Rhodesia and is not bothered with what is taking place in the rest of the country.

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    Tommy 3 weeks ago

    PF do you have a vision? NO
    Do you want to take zambia forward? NO
    Are fire tender $250,000 each? No
    Has public money been stollen? NO, uubomba mwibala!
    But the FIC  report says money has been stolen….NO
    Are you amending the constitution?…No we re refining it!!
    Is there a debt crisis? NO we only borrowed about $10 billion!
    Is there hunger in the country? NO only in non PF strongholds!
    Do you have strategic food reserves….NO we exported to congo

    Do you have power? NO climate change has taken it!!

    Has the fuel price come down after the Saudi deal? NO  climate change!

    No further questions the witness is a liar!!

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    Ngoma Yamaano 3 weeks ago

    It is annoying to use tax payers money paying for a DMMU which doesn’t provide evidence or correct statistic to refute what they claim as Red Cross’s alarming reports with incorrect statistics on the hunger situation in Zambia.

    The DMMU National Coordinator should provide comprehensive statistics on the hunger situation in Zambia instead of just claiming Red Cross is issuing alarming reports. Can this DMMU National Coordinator inform the nation in which districts is DMMU providing relief food to 1.7 million people that are affected by the prolonged dry spell? Since according to DMMU, the number of people requiring relief food will increase to 2.3 million from October 2019 to March 2020, can the DMMU National Coordinator inform the nation from which districts will the projected 2.3 million people requiring food relief come from? What statistics and data has DMMU used to project the number of people who will require food relief from October 2019 to March 2020?