August 25, 2016 by Staff Reporter
By Macheza Mkandawire
Hunger crisis is expected to hit hard in Malawi as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration has used the money meant for buying maize in compensating families who lost their relatives during the July 20, 2011 nation-wide demonstrations.
According to Malawi News Agency, in March this year, the High Court in Mzuzu ordered the treasury to compensate the families with
K31, 500, 000.
But following the delay in settling the demanded amount, the court on Tuesday, through Judge Dingiswayo Madise, summoned the Secretary to the Treasury, Dr
Ronald Mangani, to appear before it on Wednesday, August 24, to clarify on the matter.
However, before the hearing was about to start on Wednesday morning, the Office of the Secretary to the Treasury had already brought the cheques totaling the said amount.
In an interview after presenting the cheques to the bereaved families, Ministry of Justice
and Constitutional Affair’s Senior State Advocate, Apoche Itimu said that government has used the money has used the money which was set aside tomeant to buy maize.
“You have to understand that the money is coming from the public pulse which has competing interests. Hunger is looming and
it is the same money that is supposed to buy maize as well as drugs in hospitals,” said Itimu.
He added that, “As government, this means that we have demonstrated our responsibility under the case that was brought before the court, and for the
families, it means that they have been compensated,”
During the July 20, 2011 nation-wide demonstrations, 19 people died in Mzuzu after Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government ordered the Malawi Police service to kill demonstrators.