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Hunger stalks Chibombo, Ngabwe 

By SILUMESI MALUMO 

Hunger is looming in Chibombo due to unplanned settlements as there is not enough land for farming activities, Chief Liteta has said.

Chief Liteta said the situation if not addressed will subject many to hunger.

In an interview yesterday, he said people are invading farming areas which is threatening food security.

He said there is need for all traditional leaders in the district to find a solution to these unplanned settlements before it’s too late.

“We are very worried over the looming food insecurity in the area due to the sudden increase of unplanned settlements.  We never expected this to happen here,” Chief Liteta said.

And acting Senior Chief Mukuni Ng’ombe said it is saddening that people can invade the area with impunity.

Senior Chief Mukuni Ng’ombe said the sudden influx of illegal settlers is uncalled for because farmers are now finding it difficult to carry out farming activities.

In a separate interview, he said very few people have participated in farming this season because many fields have been encroached by unknown people.

“The encroachers have threatened the security of my chiefdom through cattle thefts, charcoal burning and getting involved in illegal fishing activities,” Senior Chief Mukuni Ng’ombe said.

And Chief Lupumpaula Jimpumpu of Ngabwe said there is need for law and order to be restored in Chibombo and Ngabwe.

He said the area has great potential to change the livelihood of the people because of the tourism and mining potential. Chief Lupumpaula Jimpumpu called on the government to help remove all illegal settlers who are threatening development.

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