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UPND official urges vigilance to curb mealie meal smuggling, as govt attempts to force down prices


Sam Mwikisa, the United Party for National Development (UPND) Deputy Spokesperson, has called for concerted efforts to curb potential mealie meal smuggling.

Mwikisa fears that the distribution of lower priced eagle branded mealie meal by the Zambia National Service (ZNS) might lure more traders to stock up and sell to neighbouring countries, leaving the country in a short fall.

“The opposition mighty also encourage people to stock up and cause artificial shortages but as the ruling party we will remain vigilant,” he said in an interview with Zambia Monitor on Thursday.

Read more: Memo reveals government effort to tackle rising mealie meal prices

Mwikisa urged citizens to report to enforcement officers any smuggling activities and or suspicious transactions to the law enforcement agencies.

He claimed that President Hakainde Hichilema had found short to medium term solutions by engaging ZNS to make the staple commodity available and that he needed the support of everyone.

Mwikisa further argued that the distribution of lower priced eagle branded mealie meal was likely to force other brands to reciprocate by lowering their mealie meal due to expected competition.

He said with plans to secure 10 milling facilities from China to be stationed in 10 provincial centres the cost of the staple food would normalise to affordable levels.

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