The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit has dispelled assertions by the CSO-SUN that government has not been consistent in relief supply to Lunga District in Luapula Province.
DMMU senior communications officer Mathews Musukwa stated that the unit has been consistent in supplying food to the District.
“The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit – DMMU would like to dispel the misinformation stated in a report by CSO-SUN that Government has not been consistent in relief food supply to Lunga District in Luapula Province. Contrary to the assertions of the report, DMMU had by December 2020 distributed 1,487.125 metric tons of mealie meal. From January 2021 to date, DMMU has distributed 224 metric tons of mealie meal, with the most recent consignment having been delivered to Chief Bwalya Mponda on January 15, 2021 consisting 35,840 by 12.5 kg of mealie meal,” Musukwa stated.
He stated that the consignments of relief food support have been distributed to all the four Chiefdoms on the island of Lunga.
“Additionally, the District has received about 4,800 by 12.5 kg bags of mealie meal which is still in stock awaiting distribution while 2,400 by 12.5 kg bags of mealie meal will soon be delivered to the district by Thursday, February 18, 2021. We would like to again clarify that DMMU does not choose which chiefdom to benefit from the relief food but distribute to all needy citizens who require relief support,” Musukwa stated.
He stated that in the case of Lunga District, all the chiefdoms have so far benefitted from the relief food distribution contrary to claims by CSO – SUN that only one chiefdom in Lunga District has been receiving relief support from DMMU.
“Government through the Office of the Vice President under DMMU will continue to respond to all areas across the country that experience shortage of food mostly caused by either the prolonged dry spells or flooding. We therefore call on all stakeholders and genuine civil society organisations to verify information before issuing reports especially on matters that concerns the lives of people,” Musukwa stated.
He stated that government expect well-meaning civil societies to supplement the efforts of government in helping the needy in society and those affected by disasters instead of criticizing baselessly.
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