- Apr 3, 2002Malawi food crisis plan to cost $150-million
Malawi wants to spend 6,8 billion kwacha ($150-million) to combat its devastating
hunger crisis, a statement from Vice President Justin Malewezi's office said on
The statement, issued after Malewezi held discussions with donors in the
administrative capital Lilongwe this week, said half the amount would address
medium-term food security issues.
Assistance to flood victims and cholera control will each cost five million dollars, the
statement added, without saying how the programs would be funded.
The food crisis began in part last year, when the worst floods in living memory struck
the nation. Drought this year has caused crops to fail, leaving the nation with severe
Malnutrition has left the population more
vulnerable to disease, including cholera,
which has claimed 503 lives since the
outbreak began in November.
More than 300 people starved to death in
January and February alone, according to
civic and church groups.
Malawi also needs to replenish its
strategic grain reserves, after 60 000 tons
of the staple maize were sold to Kenya last year in a corruption scandal.
Spending will also include a supplementary feeding program for the chronically ill, the
elderly and other vulnerable groups. Agriculture secretary Anddrina Mchiela was
quoted by the media on Saturday as saying that the government has responded to
the worst hunger in living memory by supporting supplementary feeding programs for
pregnant women and children under five.
Up to 76% of the country's 11-million people have no food, according to official
figures. - Sapa-AFP
Zimbabwe media chief
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation chief
executive Alum Mpofu has resigned amid a
government inquiry into his sexuality.
The state-run corporation said Mr Mpofu was
leaving for personal reasons and his resignation
would take effect immediately.
He was quoted by state-run media as saying
his decision followed reports of impropriety on
The government launched an inquiry after
allegations that Mr Mpofu was caught "in a
compromising situation" with another man at a
President Robert Mugabe has repeatedly
denounced homosexuals, describing them as
"worse than pigs and dogs".
Mr Mpofu, who is 43 and married with three
children, was recruited to the ZBC from the
South African Broadcasting Corporation last
Last month, Zimbabwe enacted a new law
curbing the activities of independent and
foreign news media.
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