THE Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema should stop lying that he was blocked from donating 25,000 bags of mealie-meal to vulnerable communities.
Meanwhile, the Unit claims it has since February this year distributed over 37,000 tonnes of maize, mealie-meal and maize bran, benefitting a total of 1,677,000 vulnerable households.
In a press statement, DMMU communications officer Racheal Chama said: “the public may wish to know that at no time has the UPND leader engaged the DMMU” over his desire to make a donation.
She stated that the DMMU was mandated to coordinate relief provision and distribution in Zambia.
“The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) wishes to urge the United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema to stop lying that he was blocked from donating 25,000 bags of mealie-meal to vulnerable communities,” Chama stated.
She stated that DMMU had extended a call to all well-meaning Zambians who wished to compliment the government’s efforts in providing relief, “to do so through the Office.”
“To that effect, DMMU has since been receiving donations from different stakeholders and individuals with the aim of mitigating the food insecurity being experienced in parts of the country,” she stated.
Meanwhile, the DMMU says it has since February distributed 37,435 tonnes of maize, mealie-meal and maize bran, benefitting a total of 1,677,000 identified vulnerable households across the country.
According to Chama, relief distribution by the DMMU was not meant to replace people’s coping capacities and that it was purely to supplement local abilities of sustenance and strengthening of resilience and reducing vulnerability.
“The Unit is guided by the four principles namely; humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, in the execution of all humanitarian programmes and the current distribution is no exception,” Chama stated.
“In addition to the mealie-meal, DMMU is also distributing maize bran, the by-product of the mealie-meal, to identified livestock and fish farming cooperatives in selected districts. The maize bran is specifically meant for livestock as supplementary feed.”
She further claimed that the DMMU was also mitigating the drought situation by drilling community boreholes in areas facing water challenges.
“The Unit, in partnership with cooperating partners, has so far drilled a total of 46 boreholes across the country, with Southern Province receiving 31 boreholes,” claimed Chama.