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Vol 43 No 16

Published 9th August 2002

Political famine

Government corruption and greedy traders are adding to the horrors of the famine

Malawi's Poverty Alleviation Minister Leonard Mangulama is the first political casualty of Southern Africa's food crisis. Mangulama, who was Minister of Agriculture when President Bakili Muluzi's government sold its grain stocks last year, resigned on 6 August. Malawi's Anti-Corruption Bureau says Mangulama has a case to answer ­ and blames several politicians, some near the top of the hierarchy, for the sale last September of 160,000 tonnes of strategic grain stocks. At the same time, aid agencies were warning of a catastrophic drought.

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