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Reduce mealie-meal prices, orders Lungu

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu being welcomed by marketeers at Nabvutika Market in Chipata yesterday. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE

NANCY SIAME, DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, MAYENGO NYIRENDA, Chipata
PRESIDENT Lungu has directed millers to reduce the price of mealie-meal with immediate effect because there is no justification for the price hike.
Mr Lungu said millers are buying cheaply priced maize from the Food Reserve Agency but are selling to consumers at a high price.
The President warned that he would have no option but to take action against the millers if this directive is not followed.
He was speaking on arrival at Chipata Airport when he addressed hundreds of people who welcomed him.
“There is no justification for the people to be buying mealie-meal at K120 when the millers are buying maize cheaply,” Mr Lungu said.
He said he would personally make a follow up on the production chain of mealie-meal to ensure that it reaches the consumer at a cheap price.
“I can assure you that the price of mealie-meal will come down,” he said to a cheering crowd.
The President said he also has information that a lot of meal-meal is being smuggled into Malawi and has since asked the Zambia National Service (ZNS) to provide reinforcement to the police to curb the vice.
And President Lungu has asked Patriotic Front members, especially the youth to refrain from violence and to campaign peacefully.
He advised members to campaign by showing the people of Zambia what the PF government has done since it came into power.
“We have done a lot for the people to see. There is no need to engage in violence because those people we fight are our relatives,” Mr Lungu said.
The President later addressed traders at Nabvutika market where he assured them of Government support.
Meanwhile, Chipata came to a standstill as President Lungu made his way from the airport to the market.
Hundreds of people had lined up the streets to welcome the President as they displayed the PF symbol.
Mr Lungu is in Chipata to meet the business community.
The President is expected in Muchinga Province today to inspect and commission several projects.

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