UPND accused of favouritism in relief food distribution

Officials of the Ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) in Mwembeshi Constituency in Mumbwa District have called for a better and transparent method in the distribution of relief food in the Constituency.

MMD’s Mwembeshi Constituency Secretary Ronald Lweendo has appealed to the District Disaster Mitigation Management Unit (DMMU) to ensure that future relief distribution exercises are subjected to stringent scrutiny to curb anomalies.

Mr. Lweendo said this following what he termed favouritism in the distribution of relief food last year, when the Constituency faced a problem of floods which destroyed crops and displaced a number of families along the Kafue Flat plains.

He further said officials of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) allegedly last year distributed relief food on partisan lines and abused the boat used for ferrying the food, by also using it for personal business ventures.

He said the influence of the UPND officials over the food relief distribution committees was overwhelming and that they maintined a tight grip over the food, medicine and the tents, which were allegedly distributed to the members of the UPND only.

UPND Milandu Ward Councilor Clement Chambwa described the allegations as false and meant to divide the residents in the area along partisan lines.

“Such baseless allegations only damage the political climate because we are now working as a family in the Constituency”, he said.

Mr. Chambwa explained that the village relief assistance distribution committees that were involved in the exercise were non partisan, and that the distribution exercise was overseen and described as fair by the District Disaster Mitigation Unit and several NGOs.

Over 2,000 households mainly on the Kafue flat plains in Mwembeshi Constituency were displaced by floods and many crop fields submerged during the 2007-2008 rainy season.

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