Traditional leaders around Rumphi Boma have faulted the recent Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report which Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) used to designate areas to benefit from relief food aid.
The chiefs said this at a National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) interface meeting that drew officials from the district agriculture development office (Dado), CCAP Synod of Livingstonia Development Department (Soldev) and World Food Programme (WFP).
The outcry came after it was established that communities around Rumphi Boma will not benefit from relief food programme for about 2.8 million Malawians affected by hunger this year.
Group village head Chikalamba Gondwe said the communities will suffer as they experienced poor harvests following last year’s dry spell that destroyed maize crops at tasselling stage.
He said: “If you go to our Admarc market depot now, you will find long queues yet this is only December.
“So people have been pestering us with questions as to why our areas were not considered for relief food aid.”
Dodma district desk officer Alufeyo Mhango said Mvac took into account the availability of maize in local markets and economic activities to designate areas for relief food. n\