The Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) has started offloading mealie meal on the market in Kasama at a cost of 45 Kwacha a 25 kilogram bag. The staple food is produced under the newly built presidential milling plant. Mealie meal prices in other parts of the Country are as high as 80 Kwacha per 25 kilogram bag.
ZCF Director General James Chirwa says President Edgar Lungu’s milling plants initiative has started proving critics wrong. Mr. Chirwa was speaking in an interview with ZNBC news in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, State House says President Edgar Lungu has intervened in the escalating mealie meal prices in some parts of the country and has instituted measures to bring down the price of the country’s staple food.
Special Assistant to the president for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda says an agreement has been reached between Government and the Food Reserve Agency-FRA where the agency will from tomorrow offload maize to millers at an agreed amount.
Mr. Chanda was speaking in an interview with ZNBC News in Kitwe. He said President Lungu will further invoke more measures to bring down the price of mealie meal if the latest intervention by the head of state does NOT produce results.
And President Lungu has sent a message of condolences to the family of three Chinese nationals who were murdered in cold blood by their suspected employees. Mr. Chanda said the head of state will on Monday, meet the Chinese Ambassador to ZAMBIA to personally deliver his message of condolence and assure the Chinese community in Zambia of their safety.
He said Mr. Lungu has further given police a special instruction to ensure the protection of investors and their property. Mr. Chanda said security will be heightened to ensure that there is no repeat of such killings.
He said President Lungu has also hailed the police for acting swiftly to arrest the suspects.