GOVERNMENT has warned small scale meali meal traders in Kalulushi against hiking the price of the staple food beyond its recommended of not more than K80.00 per 25kg or breakfast or risked their licenses be revoked.
District Commissioner Kenny Siachisumo yesterday issued a warning that any trader found hiked mealie meal price beyond K80.00 per 25 kilogrammes bag of breakfast would have trading license revoked.
He noted that small business entities in the area were exploiting people by selling them consumers by selling meali meal at exorbitant prices.
“In some out let’s a 25 kilogramme of breakfast is costing at K90.00 or K95.00 while some are packing in small transparent plastic bags,commonly as pamela.
All these two methods are making situation look as if we have some kind of shortage of mealie meal in Kalulushi while we have no shortage at all.
“Because on Monday Antelope had received 600 x 25kilogram and the other two were expected to receive the same on Tuesday,” he said.
Mr Siachisumo said the district had three major out let’s that always maintain enough stocks of mealie meal, but wondered why small traders had started hiking prices up to K95.00 per 25 kilogrammes of breakfast.
“We have the information that some small business traders, especially in the second class trading area are buying mealie meal in bulk from our three local major out let’s and later start selling at higher prices,” he said.
Mr Siachisumo said at Antelope a 25kg of breakfast was at K75.00, then at Super Mealile it was at K78.00 while at Olympic the same brand and quantity was at K80.00.
He cautioned all consumers to be weary of those unscrupulous traders, adding that most of them were trying to tarnish the image of the Government in power.