THE Patriotic Front in Eastern Province says it will deal with anyone who will abuse the relief food that is meant for vulnerable families.
And the PF has called on councils in the province to perform according to peoples’ expectation.
In an interview, provincial PF information and publicity secretary William Phiri, who is Kanjala ward councillor in Chipata Central Constituency, said the party welcomes the distribution of relief food in the province.
“You might be aware that the President was here and he flagged off the distribution of relief food in Sinda. Now the people that are mandated, that have been given this responsibility to distribute the food are the district commissioners’ offices and the district agricultural coordinators in all the districts. Now we are lucky…what is obtaining on the ground is that 3,000 metric tonnes will be distributed per constituency, so this is a good call and welcome the distribution,” Phiri said.
He said the concern of the party was that in the recent past the relief food was not going to the intended people.
“There was a lot of crookedness, there was no transparency and we were just being told that the relief food distribution has ended but when we went on the ground, only few people benefitted. The people that were benefitting were not even the people that were supposed to benefit. So this is a warning to the DCs and the people mandated to carry out this exercise that as a party in the province will not sit idle and see that the distribution is done in a crooked way. We want the
intended people to receive the food, we know that Zambia has recorded uneven pattern in-terms of the rains,” Phiri said.
He said there was no politics in the distribution of relief food.
Phiri said if those tasked to distribute the food would not engage honest people in the distribution exercise, they would be dragging the name of
the President [Lungu] into the mud while the name of the party and government would be tarnished.
And Phiri urged councils in the province to perform.
“As Eastern Province, we have noticed that some councils are underperforming and are not providing service delivery to the people as expected. Now if controlling officers, the directors are not carrying out the resolutions that are done by the councils, they risk being dissolved. We want the controlling officers to work with councilors,” said Phiri