The Jesuits Centre for Theological Reflections JCTR has seen a 11.49% increase in the cost of living in the second quarter of the year (April-June) in Kitwe, while Ndola had the least increment of only 0.56%.
JCTR has attributed this to two main factors, that is the 16% increment in electricity tariffs and the ripple effects of the last increments in fuel prices.
JCTR has appealed to the government to find ways and intensify programs already in place to help cushion the increasing cost.
The centre notes that if government is not considering the situation as worrying then will have future implications on the poor to manage the basic food basket.
JCTR notes that already the poor people have challenges in meeting the basic essentials like access to food, health, education, transport and clean safe water.
JCTR says Government should take keen interest in watching the slight increase in the basic needs as it measures the cost of living because it will have a negative implication in the country.
JCTR has also urged the general public to do their part by watching the major factor like electricity usage and fuel consumption.
This is according to a statement issued by JCTR media and information officer for Copperbelt, North-Western and Luapula provinces Tendai Posiana.