PRESIDENT Lungu says Government could be forced to intervene to make mealie-meal affordable in regions where people are being exploited.
President Lungu is disappointed by the high cost of mealie-meal in Mkushi despite it being a high maize producing area.
“I want to know why here in Mkushi the price of mealie-meal is so high,” President Lungu said during a public rally at Mkushi grounds yesterday.
He said the high prices of mealie-meal in Mkushi amount to economic sabotage and that his Government will be forced to intervene so that people can access affordable mealie-meal.
“If I intervene those who are talking about the free market should not complain because they have started this. We are doing our best and our best is to be close to the people and ensure that they access basic food cheaply, and basic food is mealie-meal,” Mr Lunga said to a cheering gathering.
And at a meeting with teachers the President said business houses must reduce prices of goods in view of the Kwacha rebounding.
He urged technocrats and PF members to help explain the prevailing economic fundamentals to the people in the wake of the recovering Kwacha.
Mr Lungu said it is unfortunate that some sections of society that were very critical have kept quiet about the appreciation of the local currency.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has asked Minister of Local Government and Housing Stephen Kampyongo and the Road Development Agency (RDA) to investigate what has caused the delay in constructing township roads in Mkushi.
Mr Lungu said people are looking forward to having better roads but Keren Motors Limited has delayed the project and in two years the contractor has only tarred three kilometres out of 20.2 kilometres.
And speaking to journalists before his return to Lusaka, President Lungu said Government will consider ways of effectively engaging the Zambia National Service (ZNS) to help boost the agriculture sector as the mainstay of the economy.
He said there is need to engage ZNS in the drive as serious large-scale farming is demanding, requiring concerted efforts.
“We are going to sit in the defence council meeting and see what we can do. They (ZNS) will have to do the roads, open up some areas, clear land to facilitate the installation of electricity in certain areas. Serious large-scale farming requires electricity, and that is why we also want to explore solar energy,” he said.
President Lungu also urged government leaders to visit their constituencies and inspect developmental projects under construction.
He said MPs should “take a leaf” from him and visit construction works.
Mr Lungu said failure to do so has resulted in some contractors doing shoddy works and swindling Government out of colossal sums of money.