The cost of basic food items for a family of six has increased to K788, 200 this month from K766, 500 recorded in March translating into an increment of K 21, 700.00.

The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflections (JCTR) attributes the rise in the cost of the Basic Needs Basket to the rise in the cost of mealie meal, Kapenta and other food stuffs.

Meanwhile, the cost of essential non- food items such as housing, water, and energy, among others recorded a nominal reduction of about K16, 400 from a total of about K1, 448 in March.

JCTR attributed the reduction of essential non-food items to reduction in the production and transportation costs.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. these re the main issues RB should be concerned about, how are we going to cope as zambians

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  2. K21, 700 is not too bad considering non essentials have gone down. Well done MMD. If only people realised they needed to cut down on unnecessary things like ama pint. The problem we have in Zambia is people bragg about how many they downed over the weekend. Well done RB.

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  3. Kelchi stop drinking and spend time with your children. If you smoke, pack up. Simple!

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  4. K788,200 for a family of six? huh! thats too much! and most of the workers get less than that. only God knows how they survive

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  5. #3 Soory my friend i have never even tested beer if that what you meant coz you just said drinking , i dont have children yet but still feel for the bread winners and also i know i will have a family of my own so my friend its not about smoking nor drinking, it about how much you get at the end of the month comparing it with the prices of groceries.

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  6. #5 Why? Go to Zambia today and you will find the pubs and night clubs full despite it being a Monday. Look at how much people spend on unnecessary things. Ladies in offices borrow to buy something in fashion even when they can not afford. Yes life back home is expensive but it is even here. In times like this people should look at adjusting. Zambians will laugh at you if you get on the bus to go to work even when it`s cheap. We have to pull together, lets help our government. It`s not just for MMD for all Zambians.

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  7. The minimum wage should also be pegged to the fluctuating cost of Food Basket so as to maintain the real value of the minimum wages.

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  8. #6 I agree with what you are saying but do you realise that we do not help ourselves? The people that can not afford are the ones who have 6 or more children. Sorry but my government can not afford benefits. If we can work hard, we can slowly but surely get there. Big ask with Zambains. RB for 2011.

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  9. #4 But why have a family of six if you only work as a malonda?

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  10. MMD Boot fimo fimo, stop exagerating here. This has nothin to do with beer. The cost of living in Zed is high, thats all. RB should be working towards issues like that, not just globe trotting and sending our maize to countries that didnt even buy it! Mwaliumfwako?

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  11. #12 looks like you are busy campaigning 4 MMD in 2011, you think the life you have had is the same life other people have, you should have a heart, not every one is zambia can afford 3 meals a day and we cant prentend about that. it not about six children or what, sometimes when commenting we should be doing it with sense not just for sake of hurting the other or may that other blogger should see that you can also write

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  12. #13. Moze No wonder you got post #13. Akaso. Share the little you have got and blessings will be on you.

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  13. #15 Kelchi Sorry if this hurts you. But, surely we can help our government as well. Even in countries where they give benefits, responsible people will tell you they can not have more than two children. Why should a person in Kanyama go and have four? Go out there tonight and you will find they are in the pub drinking Chibuku. Sorry we have to help our government I am afraid.

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  14. #3 Bootlicker you have a point. too much money is spent on booze by working men in Zambia and too many families having kids they cant afford. Saying the truth isnt heartless. If you dont have a sustainable income, why in the world would you have six children!

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  15. #19 this does not hurt me in anyway or the other was only trying to speak for those people i know who cant afford not becuase they have six children but their income cant allow them

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  16. Boot fimo fimo, it is evident that i can not have a constructive discussion with you. Just remember that not every one comes from a wealthy family like yours. Think of the poor also. For you 21pin is not worth donating at church. I know you write fat cheques for the church. God bless you indeed.

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  17. #20 Thank you mama. It`s hard sometimes to reason with people. Sorry but it`s time people became responsible. Yes we are coming from a culture of go to uncle Ba Moze he will buy you a pair of shoes and uniforms. In the mean time Ba Moze has got only 2 children, learned as he is, forward thinking and planning, he finds himself with 5 nephews. In the end he can not even buy for his only two children. I have to do some work people. Bye.

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  18. #25 A short cut to shoving it back in someone`s face! Can not argue with points so why not? Nice one.

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  19. #25 anonymous – edited One track minded like RB, curb your enthusiasm with wrongly placed insults. #26 Bootlicker, I am still with you. I have family that have children they cant afford and guess who is picking up the slack? People need to be responsible and plan to have a crack at success.

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  20. #28 Anonymous I will not answer your insults with insults. You are not worth it.

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  21. #27 Woman of substance ignore the man. No need to argue with a person hiting his keyboard like that. I am out now. Peace ba anony. Coward!

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  22. Misty mornin’, don’t see no sun;
    I know you’re out there somewhere having fun.
    There is one mystery – yea-ea-eah – I just can’t express:
    To give your more, to receive your less.
    One of my good friend said, in a reggae riddim,
    “Don’t jump in the water, if you can’t swim.”
    The power of philosophy – yea-ea-eah – floats through my head
    Light like a feather, heavy as lead(x2).

    See no sun! Oh.
    Time has come, I want you –
    I want you to straighten out my tomorrow! Uh.
    I want – I want – I want you – (tomorrow).
    Oh, wo-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah!
    I want you to straighten out my (tomorrow)!

    Misty (morning) mornin’, don’t see no sun;
    I know you’re out there somewhere having fun.
    Mysteries I just can’t express:
    How can you ever give your more to receive your less?

    BOB…

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  23. #2 boot whatever, i don’t get it. well done RB for what? now remember that we are just talking about the bread basket here. what about school fees, clothing etc. remember also that most of the kids in zambia are being taken care of by their grannies, who are jobless. And can somebody please explain the second last sentence, it seems nonsensical to me!

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  24. Boot fimo fimo, mind you the 788 pin is just for basic requirements in the home it does not include school fees and the rest. Meanwhile, a teacher gets 1million kwacha and has to pay rent besides the basic requirements. This teacher only has one child,now tell me what it it is that he is not doing right to suffer the way he is suffering? I agree with you that people have to take responsibility when they bare children but its the common man who is suffering in zambia. it seems its been bells from the last time you went home,get real.

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