Tuesday, May 21, 2024

VP Nalumango Assures That ZNS Mealie Meal in Shoprite Is Not GMO

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Vice President Mutale Nalumango has offered reassurances to the nation that the mealie meal produced by the Zambia National Service (ZNS) Eagles and sold in Shoprite outlets is milled from maize grown locally. Mrs. Nalumango emphasized that the maize used by ZNS for milling is sourced from the Food Reserve Agency (FRA), further underlining the government’s commitment to supporting local agriculture.

Her statement came in response to queries posed by the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Brian Mundubile, who sought clarification on whether ZNS would provide mealie meal made from imported genetically modified maize.

Vice President Nalumango affirmed that the government is focused on promoting locally grown maize and supporting national food security, ensuring that mealie meal supplied to citizens meets high-quality standards.

In addition to addressing the mealie meal supply concerns, Mrs. Nalumango also commented on the government’s fiscal responsibilities. She disclosed that the government currently owes more than $800 million for past fuel supplies. As a result, she explained, it is essential to price fuel in line with international market rates to manage the financial implications.

This response was made in answer to a question from Stephen Kampyongo, the Member of Parliament for Shiwang’andu, who inquired about the government’s stance on fuel price reduction.

Vice President Nalumango also clarified the government’s approach to foreign travel delegations. She confirmed that President Hakainde Hichilema remains committed to maintaining lean delegations when traveling abroad. However, she pointed out that the recent visit to China included eight ministers due to the specific nature of the engagements and discussions with the Chinese government.

Her response came following a query by Sydney Mushanga, the Member of Parliament for Bwacha, who sought to understand whether the President had altered his approach regarding delegation sizes when traveling internationally.

28 COMMENTS

  1. It may not be GMO and it will not be a continious supply ZNS is yet to show which of thier ventures has been a success

  2. Chipante pante Government trying hard to convince gullible praise singers Spaka and TIKKI as if they’re working but busy doing imingalato….with leaders this Zambia will never develop

  3. Israelis are very dangerous people…..big time crooks and they have a big mouth because they know that America is giving them all the Arms…AMERICA ALWAYS SUPPORTS THE OPPRESSORS

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  4. They have bought GMO maize before from South Africa. You mean they can’t do it again in fear if people protesting the high cost of living. This is 1991 all over again and we know what happened next…

  5. Trust these liars at your own risk. Who in their right minds can trust a president who lies everyday. Fuseke!! And who gave kakuta a dress? Is he now vice president

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  6. This is still NOT what we were promised. What did Ichilema promised the Zambian gullible people? We have a failed president who now is fooling us.

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  7. FRA has no maize, that’s why they have increased the purchase price from K280 to K320 per 50kg bag. But some miller are now at K400 per 50kg bag and they aren’t getting many deliveries. We told you that there’s no maize but you insulted us on this very forum. Zambians must brace for hard times as HH prepares for a very painful and shameful exit from power. Shoprite has only a few shops in selected towns, they can’t feed the nation. Another privatization criminal Kafupi tried this when he used Tamba Bashila to sell cheap mealie meal on the Copperbelt but it failed. We have been through this

  8. I remember what she said on price hikes. That they must first go up before they drop down. But it still is a far fetched unsustainable idea. I am in Maamba where there is no Shoprite, Tamba Bashila or ZNS, but I must eat.

  9. How do we know? Loudmouth politicians like Emmanuel Mwamba should sponsor private lab technicians to test the mealie meal. Don’t just talk. Act

  10. That is the role of the National Biosafety Authority who have unfortunately, abdicated their mandate. Why must this be Mwamba’s job, when he was earlier only calling for sanity in the Authority? Shame.

    • The National Biosafety Authority? Answerable to HH or the Executive or govt? Cant you see why I’m asking for independent laboratories?

    • The National Biosafety Authority? Answerable to HH or the Executive or govt? Cant you see why I’m asking for independent laboratories?

  11. KKKK LAST TIME YOU TOLD US TO BE EATING ROLER MEAL AND POTATOES,THIS TIME IT IS GMO AND AGAIN THE PRICE IS STILL TOO MUCH AND STOP TEASING ZAMBIANS, k230 IS STILL EXPENSIVE ALL WE ARE ASKING FOR IS THE PRICE TO COME DOWN TO K150.YOU UPND HAS NO REGARD FOR THE PEOPLE.AND YOU PROMISED K50 NOW WE ARE SAYING 150 WE ARE BEING FAILR TO YOU BUT YOU DONT WANT TO ADHERE TO THE ADVICE OK,LET US WAIT AND SEE…………….

  12. It’s GMO, where would FRA get the Maize when they’re no more Farmer who were cut from FISP delivering the commodity? I would rather consume Kandolo & Rice than GMO sh#t! You can’t trust the Govt with your health that lies constantly… I smell a rat, there’s no smoke without fire…

    • Don’t forget to add cassava, pumpkin, mponda, bananas,…mate! These id10ts can kill you at the blink of an eye

    • FRA is a big institution with workers from different political parties. If the response the VP gave was not true the truth will always leak out don’t you think? Please bring evidence to support your arguments, not only crying over everything.

  13. When you are in opposition it does not mean you must oppose everything. All of the arguments I am reading here are just insinuations devoid of facts, that is not holding the government accountable now, it is noise making…

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