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Govt moves to address high prices of mealie meal, drafts ZNS into intervention project


Government has reached an agreement with the Zambia National Service (ZNS) to release cheaper mealie meal on the local market.

Chief Government Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, said the cheaper mealie meal would be offloaded on the local market starting with all the Shoprite outlets in Lusaka and later taken to other provinces.

During a media briefing in Lusaka on Thursday, Mweetwa said the mealie meal would be unleashed on the market starting October, 15, 2023.

He said the decision was made after taking into consideration all expenses on production by ZNS.

“Zambians will now start buying affordable mealie meal in all ShopRite stores across the country with a 25kg breakfast fetching K230 while a 25kg Roller will be fetching K190,” Mweetwa said.

He said buying from all ZNS Depot across the country was even more cheaper as a 25kg breakfast would be fetching K220 with 25kg Roller being sold at K180.

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Mweetwa warned people who intend to buy in bulk for the sake of re-selling that such actions would not be tolerated because this move was meant to stabilize the mealie meal prices on the local market.

“Maize and mealie meal exports are still banned so all those who are thinking of buying and stock piling in anticipation that government would lift the ban should just offload their stock on the market,” he said.

Mweetwa said the move was also not meant to control prices on the local market but simply make the commodity available to Zambians.

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