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PF has now woken up to reality of maize shortages – HH

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Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says the ruling the PF has finally woken up to the reality of maize shortages, several months after the rest of the country.

Hichilema commonly referred to as HH has however commended the PF government for facing reality ban the export of maize grain.

Below is the full press statement:

After much delay the PF has finally woken up to the reality of maize shortages, several months after the rest of the country. Yesterday the government has banned the export of maize and maize products with immediate effect for an initial period of one week.
 
This comes more than five months after the Millers Association of Zambia was calling for such a ban and the alarm had already been sounded by many parties, including the UPND, that stocks were being depleted too quickly and that it was necessary to check stock levels as a matter of urgency. The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF) issued warnings about the dry spell in August 2015. The PF Government chose to dismiss these concerns.
 
As the situation worsened in January we made a plea for Government to hear us on this matter, because this is not just a matter of politics but is a matter of food security, and therefore of life and death for some of our most vulnerable citizens. Yet again, no action was taken and our concerns were dismissed.
 
In the weeks that have followed, reports of empty shelves, rationing and rising prices have circulated, but still the PF refused to give the matter full and urgent attention.
 
This is a government that lets things fall apart completely before taking any action, whether its maize, electricity or mining. Rather than addressing problems as they arise they bury their heads in the sand until the problem is so big it can no longer be ignored. Those who bear the cost of this ignorance and inaction are the people.

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