Vice President Inonge Wina has directed the agriculture ministry to be cautious in the planned export of maize to avoid depleting the grain reserves, in view of the anticipated poor harvest this year.
Last week the Zambian Watchdog exposed a scam in which President Edgar Lungu planned to use Agriculture minister Given Lubinda to export maize to Zimbabwe, but Wina says the drought that has affected mainly the Southern part of Zambia which is the country’s maize basket may affect the harvest.
Speaking to the media, Wina whose office is directly responsible for handling disasters says Zambia risks having a hunger disaster hence the proper safeguarding of the country’s food reserves. Some parts of Zambia have already been hit by maize shortages and Wina has directed that maize be sent to the affected areas.
With Wina’s directive, it is not clear exactly how the government will handle the promise of maize export to Zimbabwe. As appreciation for the role Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe played in his election victory, Lungu promised him some maize export as Zimbabwe’s agriculture has gone into shambles.
This is in appreciation for the influential role Mugabe played in Lungu’s ascendance to power, it is either Zambians or Zimbabweans starve.