A CIVIC leader in Zimba district has urged the government through the Food Reserve Agency to pay farmers their dues to enable them cushion the hunger situation in the area.
In an interview, Simwatachela ward councillor Tobias Kenabanyama said it was sad that people in his area were sleeping on empty stomachs when the FRA had their money.
“Let government be considerate by paying farmers their money so that they can buy food. People here are hit by severe hunger and the only hope they have is to get their money for the maize they sold to FRA,” he said. “We need relief food urgently because there is literally nothing in people’s stocks.”
Kenabanyama said he was overwhelmed with requests for him to engage authorities over the matter.
He pointed out that if nothing was done quickly to address the situation in his ward, people will die.
“It’s not only about relief food but our money too because if FRA gives then we will also sort out other problems like school fees for children,” said Kenabanyama.