Government to reassess the hunger situation in Mambwe district.

Government says it will send officers from DMMU, the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit to Mambwe to again asses the hunger situation.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo told Breeze News that it is sad to note that people in Mambwe are still complaining of hunger.
Mr. Kasolo was responding to complaints by Nsefu Ward Councilor, Steven Zulu, that private traders have taken advantage of the hunger situation in the area to hike maize prices.
The Permanent Secretary says the situation will be treated as an emergency, adding that government will not delay to distribute more relief maize to Nsefu Ward and other affected areas of Mambwe after an assessment has be conducted.
He explained that DMMU has a lot of maize in the reserves to give people in hunger stricken areas.
Meanwhile Mr. Kasolo says squatters in Nyakatokoli and Mphomwa forests of Mambwe and Chipata districts that were issued with eviction letters by the Forestry Department have not been removed from the areas.
Mr. Kasolo says government is still looking for land where to settle the squatters once they have been evicted.
He added that the squatters also need to be sensitized on the reasons why they have to move out of the forest reserve areas.

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