President Edgar Lungu has continued blaming others for his administration’s failures. Today soon upon his arrival at Chipata airport, Lungu accused civil servants of sabotaging the distribution of farming inputs and threatened to fire them.
Lungu, who is on a country wide tour campaigning to go for his third term in 2021 said that the agriculture sector was in shambles because the civil servants entrusted with inputs distribution had sabotaged the exercise. But the threats being made by Lungu are unfounded because up to now some farmers have not received the government subsidised fertiliser and seeds in spite of paying cooperative membership fees.
Some agro dealers in the infamous e-voucher systems have not been paid by government hence cannot release anymore inputs to the deserving farmers while some farmers’ cards still remain inactive.
Lungu’s accusations further contradict his minister of agriculture Dora Siliya who last week agreed that the agriculture sector was in a mess and attributed the mess to poor funding because of the elections and the Presidential petition that followed. PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya accused chiefs in Southern province of sabotaging agriculture.
While in Eastern province, Lungu will have a meeting with some agro dealers and financial institutions and also meet some church and traditional leaders. The two days he is in eastern province will see him, in addition to Chipata visit Lundazi and Katete before returning to Lusaka and then fly out to somewhere yet to be known.