The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president for the South Kondwani Nankhumwa yesterday held a rally in Nsanje promising people that government would provide them with food.
Since DPP lost to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the October 17 2017 by-elections, the party has tried hard to gain back popularity in the area.
He said government is working on short and long-term interventions to avert climate change effects, including irrigation farming and winter cropping to address recurrent food shortages.
Said the minister: “Government is introducing an irrigation programme that, if well implemented, will ensure that Nsanje and Chikwawa feed the whole country.”
Nankhumwa said government would soon be sending experts to the Lower Shire to assess the extent of the problem and register households that must receive relief food that will include cooking oil, sugar and salt.
On his part, DPP regional governor for the South Charles Mchacha said the party will always be committed to developing the area irrespective of party affiliation.
He also urged people in the district to register in the ongoing voter registration exercise to retain the party in power in 2019.
Before holding the rally, Nankhumwa visited Senior Chief Mukhuwira who has been sick for the past two months. He was elevated from traditional authority three months ago.
Other officials that joined Nankhumwa included First Deputy Speaker Esther Chilenje, publicity secretary Nicholas Dausi and other members of the party’s national governing council.n