Poor Road Network Delays MVAC Response To Makanjira
The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has assured hunger stricken families targeted to benefit from the 2022/23 lean season response in Lulanga and Makanjira in Mangochi district that they will start receiving their provisions from next week.
DoDMA Response and Recovery Director, Reverend Moses Chimphepo, has told Zodiak that the department has already received quotations from boat owners to transport maize from Senga-Bay in Salima to Chiphole in Mangochi as the area cannot be accessed by road now.
Chimphepo said they have just remained with some few logistical arrangements likely to be finished by this weekend.
"You can tell them [beneficiaries] that they shouldn't get worried as we already have quotations from boat operators who will ship the maize from Salima, which is the cheapest means of transport currently," explained Reverend Chimphepo.
Early this week, chiefs, councillors and a Member of Parliament (MP) from the area accused their Secretariat at the district council for not prioritizing hard-to-reach areas when distributing Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) response and AIP.
The local leaders claimed that more families have no food as they are yet to receive any assistance, while in other areas, beneficiaries have received twice.
However, while admitting challenges, the council said logistical
arrangements for MVAC response has been a challenge as transporters are paid by DoDMA.