The UPND says the PF has taken the country more than 30 years backwards when people were queuing for commodities.
UPND Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa said people are now queuing up for mealie-meal and are being forced to buy one bag per person because of PF government’s failure to plan for eventualities.
Mr Mweetwa said despite advise from various stakeholders for government to ensure that the country has enough food stokes before exporting the PF ignored them and now the country is grappling with the shortage of the commodity.
He said it was only during the UNIP days that Zambians were forced to queue for commodities and that it did not make any economical sense for people to be forced to only buy one bag mealie-meal when they can manage more.
“We have been taken back to more than 30 years of UNIP days queuing for mealie-meal even now when go to shoprite and you have money we are being told you can only buy one bag yet we told the Minister of Hon Given Lubinda please can you announce the maize flow price so that it can influence market prices and for farmers to have an option to sale to government or the private buyers so that we can have household and national food security but they were busy saying we are monitoring moisture content now look at the moisture content which they are monitoring we are threatened with food security which is also a national security issue,” he said.
He added ” we are now being proud of impounding 30 trucks or trying to export maize to our neighbours when they are the ones who were telling as that now we want to promote the private sector to be able to export maize when you have no vision.”
The country has been facing mealie-meal shortages with some shops being directed to sale only one bag per individual.
On Monday Chingola residents accused government of not being strict with the people smuggling the commodity to the neighbouring DRC. The residents queued for hours at Pick n Pay Chingola were the commodity was available.