MP warns of starvation in his area

Zambezi West Member of Parliament, Charles Kakoma has urged government to urgently respond to the effects of floods in certain areas of the country.

Mr. Kakoma, who is also opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) spokesperson, crops have been submerged while some people have been displaced by floods in his area.

He said maize, cassava, beans, sorghum and millet fields have been submerged in water due to the heavy rains being experienced in his constituency.

He told ZANIS in Lusaka today that over 2,000 villages in senior chief Ndungu’s area are threatened with starvation, a statement which Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice President Guston Sichilima denied.

Mr. Kakoma further disclosed that chief Chinyama-Litapi and chief Kucheka in Zambezi district of Northwestern province have since been cut off from the rest of the country after the Kashizhi Bridge collapsed.

Mr. Kakoma said floods are threatening the villagers in Lukolwe, Makanga, Mize, Muyembe and Sachila villages.

He said government, through the Office of the Vice President sent some bags of mealie-meal and five tents, but these were inadequate to cater for all the affected people in the area.

He has since appealed to government to consider sending more relief food to the area.

Zambezi district in the Northwestern province experiences flooding every year and government has identified the district as its operational mitigation zone.

Meanwhile, the UPND-PF pact has refuted claims made by some 15 chiefs from the Gwembe in the Southern province that they were not consulted when the pact was being formed.

Mr. Kakoma, who is also co-spokesperson of the pact, said the UPND consulted widely with the grassroots before entering into a pact with the Patriotic Front (PF).

He urged chiefs in Southern province not to be partisan but to exhibit all inclusive leadership since they are part of the governance system of the country.

The traditional leaders claimed in the press recently that PF leader Michael Sata should not be trusted in any political undertaking.
They also urged and warned UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to quit the pact.

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