By Solister Meeting :
About 24, 891 families in Zomba will get relief support in form of cash from December, 2020 to March, 2021, Department of Disaster and Management Affairs (DODMA) disclosed Thursday.
This follows the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) findings where 2.6 Million people across the country are expected to run out of food thus calling for immediate food support.
Speaking during an extra-ordinary full council meeting, District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer for Zomba, Walusungu Mwafulirwa said those to benefit from the relief support would be only those that did not harvest enough during the 2019/2020 growing season, orphans, the elderly and the most vulnerable within the communities.
He said unlike in the past where beneficiaries were given maize, cooking oil and beans, in this years programme, beneficiaries will be given cash amounting to K23, 100 every month to buy.
“According to government plan, we are supposed to start implementing the programme next month and despite being behind schedule, we will do everything possible within the 21 days so that we catch up with time,” Mwafulirwa said, adding that distribution would be done in all the traditional authorities.
The Zomba Relief and Rehabilitation Officer disclosed that Traditional Authorities (TAs) Chikowi and Mwambo are the most hit areas as compared to other traditional authorities.
He said from next week, district team would start with sensitizing communities about the programme and this would follow with beneficiary identification.
District Commissioner (DC) for Zomba, Dr. Smart Gwedemula appealed for quick and serious implementation of the programme adding that the whole essence of the programme was to reach out to most vulnerable groups timely support.
“The situation out there is not good, people need food support. I would therefore like to call up on officers involved, councilors, chiefs and members of parliament to join hands and make this programme a success,” he said.
Councillor, Willson Likusa commended government for the support would relieve people from food insecurity adding that “People are already suffering and the support is timely,”
Every year government conducts the vulnerability assessment and distributes food households that are food insecure.
The assessment conducted in June and July, 2020 indicated that 2.6 million families would be affected by hunger sand needs support.
World Food Programme (WFP) has pumped in resources and the programme will be implemented by Malawi Red Cross Society (MRSC)
Malawi News Agency-MANA