Now PF extends price controls to bread

PF deputy minister for finance Miles Sampa has ordered bakers in the country to reduce the price of bread.

Sampa says the government has removed the 16 percent on bread related raw material the more reason bakers should reciprocate the gesture.

The minimum price for ordinary bread in Zambia costs K5, 000 (KR 5 rebased).

Sampa has warned that government will not hesitate to deal with bakeries that will not reduce the price of the commodity.

Zambia is experiencing a rise in prices for essential commodities with mealie meal, the country’s staple food, attracting double or in some case triple cost adjustments.

President Michael Sata was recently forced to summon millers to State House to reduce the price of mealie meal for a 25 kg bag to less than K50, 000 (KR 50 rebased) although not all millers in the country have done so.

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89 Responses to "Now PF extends price controls to bread"

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  2. chishimba   January 22, 2013 at 12:50

    The best way to make the cost of commodities go down is to lower the cost of production. Generally speaking, the cost of production in Zambia is quite high. We are not going to achieve anything by having PF cadres issuing threats to companies to reduce prices. The problem with PF is that their approach is that of eliminating symptoms and not dealing with the root causes. When a patient is being attended to by a doctor who thinks like PF, that patient is in danger.

  3. The Baker   January 22, 2013 at 08:04

    Most Bakeries have already reduced prices in Lusaka, but the problem is the retailers themselves. Especially in Mr. Sampa’s area. They thought the reduction meant more money in their pocket.

  4. Jeff Mwanza   January 22, 2013 at 00:58

    ala ba Miles Sampa twalinabo pa UNZA, ba jobele AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS………but I just cant tell how he became the presido’s nephew…

  5. CHAMBOLI KITWE   January 21, 2013 at 20:38

    Is this the same miles sampa who is busy bonking a young girl of Matero girls? can someone confirm.

  6. silu ni silu   January 21, 2013 at 20:20

    Please sir, look into yandiyo as well. Some husbands leave zing’ono maningi at home. Make it at least KR18 per day minimum yandiyo. I trust you are a listening government bazimai twachula mumanyumba umu these men dont leave yandiyo.

  7. Mpongwe here we come   January 21, 2013 at 18:48


  8. Renegade   January 21, 2013 at 17:10

    At the end of it all, POLITICS IS ALL ABOUT FOOD !

  9. The Matyr   January 21, 2013 at 16:15

    Does Miles Sampa still remember the basics of economics? When there is imposition of tax or subsidy you don’t have to tell the market what to do provided their is competition in the industry the price will automatically move up or down depending on the nature of Government intervention. Some of the blogers who have little knowledge on the operation of a free market just google “the effects of a subsidy on flour” and you will see that the price can go down on its own. Let’s not destroy the gains we have achieved in the last 20 years. What I would propose to the PF government is to make an environment that would support competition in key commodities.

    • stone cold   January 21, 2013 at 18:18

      is he an economist? i dont remember him as an economist.update me where he did his economics from

      • The Matyr   January 22, 2013 at 06:18

        Some people says he is an Agricultural economist.

    • Centre Back of Democracy   January 21, 2013 at 18:23

      Well said mate. It boggles my mind why an ex banker who should be so knowledgeable in the field of economics is deliberately expressing his ignorance as to how a free market economy operates. Political appeasements should not be entertained at the expense of economic activity.

    • Kopalaswag   January 21, 2013 at 19:35

      He did economics at University of Matero I guess..

  10. bharat   January 21, 2013 at 15:28

    are we not in free market let the market see the ups and down

  11. sipowasipo   January 21, 2013 at 14:15

    Nationalise the companies

    • How   January 21, 2013 at 15:43

      How do you nationalise my own bakery which I started?

      • Carlos Anabu   January 21, 2013 at 19:29

        & what are they going to call the bakery? Pabwato or 90days

      • Kopalaswag   January 21, 2013 at 19:36

        Ask him mwandi..

      • The real Zambian   January 23, 2013 at 15:02

        Sata National Bakery.

    • ray-ray   January 21, 2013 at 22:53

      Ukwa bakeries maybe..

  12. Zed@crossroad   January 21, 2013 at 13:38

    who is in control kashi? How can a deputy minister be giving commands in a country? PF what style of governance are you practicing? This is slightly above dochi kubeba slogan.

    • Mile   January 21, 2013 at 15:58

      As you know I’m the president nephew – what do yo mean

    • Centre Back of Democracy   January 21, 2013 at 18:29

      There is no control in PF. Any Kaponya can wake up and speak on behalf of Party and Govt. e.g. some party cadre called Mfula spoke on behalf of Govt. defending Masebo for appointing the boyfriend to the ZAWA board.

  13. M120983   January 21, 2013 at 13:29

    On this one, and perhaps for the first time, I am siding with Sampa (PF). If the government has reduced by 16% the inputs, be it in taxes (VAT) considering the writer is not indicating the base for the 16%. Surely, bread prices will then have to reduce. it is only logical. It is not like the bakers are to bear the difference. Come on people!

    • M30!   January 21, 2013 at 15:50

      Let’s do some simple maths, 16 Percent of KR5 is KR0.8 and bread becomes KR4.2… How much will you (M120983) be saving in a month? KR0.8 x 30= KR24 a month. What can you buy from KR24 or K24,000? Let’s talk about real issues!

  14. Mailesi Sampa   January 21, 2013 at 12:40

    I thought that’s what Ukwa did immediately he came into office? If Ukwa failed to reduce price of Bread how will Mailes manage?

  15. Plume   January 21, 2013 at 12:39

    KK-wamuyayaya-economics is back on the block. Uko uko uko uko uko!

  16. Movement of Multi-Doctors(MMD)   January 21, 2013 at 12:30

    Zambia risks loosing on investors. Gawa Undi(Ukwa) shud admit he cant run the country. MMD did well in this regard were competition was promoted. PF runs their party as a closed shop and they think the same principle applies to the economy. Sata is analogue(incorrigible-cant b upgraded). We need digital leaders(open to developmental ideas and can b upgraded

    • Wild Dog   January 21, 2013 at 13:32

      What investors are we going to lose? let the go and invest in south africa were the minimum wage is 2,300KR per month (150 zar per day ) multiply by the exchange rate by 26 working days!!!

  17. Rodrick   January 21, 2013 at 12:10

    please u oppositions u should appreciate govt efforts to improve pipo’s lives.the mmd brought our economy on its knees. the free economy does not work to the interest of the poor.even the more democratic states like USA they don’t put their economy in enterprenuers hands.because they exploite the poor.mixed economy is ideal hence govt intervertion in reduction of bread prices is okay. bravo miles sampa

    • Nationalist   January 21, 2013 at 12:25

      Rodrick, I agree with u

      • Rodrick   January 21, 2013 at 12:59

        bravo nationalist ure wise these are logical brain we need in our country live long ZAMBIA

        • Industrial Giant   January 21, 2013 at 14:20

          The two of you are clearly EMPLOYEES or STUDENTS. I’m a tax paying businessman. I know what it takes to set up a bakery AND a milling plant.

          Enjoy your jobs and ask your bosses to let you out @ 17h00….

    • Zed@crossroad   January 21, 2013 at 13:42

      it is not true that PF found this economy on its knees, please do not lie in the open day light. PF inherited a sound economy which just needs to be polished so as to ensure equitable sharing of the national resources. So far that is not the case. All powerful positions in this nation are going to one clan and few like Kabimba and company. PF if you want to practice a mixed economy do have a strategy on how you will do this and not following the 2030 vision which is pro-capitalist. What is the road map for PF?

  18. Vilifier   January 21, 2013 at 12:08

    This kama brat, Miles, should go back to school

  19. ukwa   January 21, 2013 at 12:05

    I tod u its donchi kubembwa!

  20. Lungu Eddie   January 21, 2013 at 11:44

    How is it your business if people have a hatred fro this useless government it’s by choice why so you even care if the go to hell when there are abusing the opposition and citizens you think God closes his eyes when the government is doing evil don’t be stupid atase

    • Nationalist   January 21, 2013 at 12:27

      Iwe chi Eddie, you dnt knw what ur saying, I fi ur even a Zambian.

  21. I am lead to believe that Zambia is the most expensive country in the sub-Sahara Africa in terms of living costs…

    • Loconino   January 21, 2013 at 12:08

      Nope, Angola is. Luanda is in fact the most expensive city in the world.

    • Nationalist   January 21, 2013 at 12:28

      it is mudala, bt not for long! Things are getting better

  22. Headman Kazimule   January 21, 2013 at 11:29

    Oh please Ukwanites, theres nothing to support here . Miles is just being !diotic. Dont ruin the economy with your slash and burn system aka Chitemene. This is the problem of having a President , his relative Finance Minister , nephew etc who do not know were the beef, rice, bread , nshima comes from. For these goons food comes from the supermarket. The previous two Finance Ministers Magande and Musokotwane were farmers. Musokotwane never even moved into a ministerial house when he was Finance Minister. He opted to live in his own farm. They understood farming. Not these goons from ‘ku mayadi’ living in houses they stole from government institutions. RB and Levy were also farmers.

    • Nationalist   January 21, 2013 at 12:32

      Iwe chi Headman,cant you read that there is subsidising her by removing 6% of some tax on bread?
      how then is economy destroyed? this simply means every thing for bakers will be the same but the buying power for citizens will increase. this is a very good thing from GRZ.

      • Nationalist   January 21, 2013 at 12:32

        actually 16%

  23. White Robo   January 21, 2013 at 11:21

    Where is Mumembe, he needs to ‘teach’ us to eat bread.

  24. kopala 1   January 21, 2013 at 11:19

    How about Bus Fares?

  25. Donchi kubeba   January 21, 2013 at 11:07

    During Mwanawasa’s time at no time did he tell companies to reduce prices because of certain reductions.He had to let the economy work on its on through reduction in cost of production and everything was working like magic. People like Magande had to play their cards as required by the ethics of economics. So let just work towards things which we see as hindering economic growth not giving commands each time you fail to do your job properly…

  26. Seleka Rebels   January 21, 2013 at 10:53

    We can as well start producing ‘Toba Mutwe’ for our people.

  27. Advocate   January 21, 2013 at 10:53

    Minimum wage has its own implications.Only clever people can understand this.Everything thing has to go up inorder to meet the initial increase of payments.Period.

  28. joy   January 21, 2013 at 10:46

    go and build yours

  29. Swatz nigga   January 21, 2013 at 10:46

    Good move by government. Sampa can afford even at k20 per loaf bt he speaks for that poor man in kalomo. Bakeries hvnt put to effect minimum wage policy yet their products are a above $1.0. Slush th prices! Very seldom do we get that in Zambia. Raise your glass to that.

    • kolwe ni kolwe   January 21, 2013 at 12:03

      In the bigger picture it is still his pocket that is likely to win and poor people will continue to suffer even more.

      Reduce prices and then what? Most likely that directive will result in further loss of employment for the poor who depend on those bakeries for jobs.

      On the hand if government has removed VAT then the price of bread, all things being equal, should come down by at least an equivalent amount of VAT. But it is not guaranteed because other factors will not remain the same.

      For example the exchange rate between KR and USD. If you note the kwacha has lost value in the face of the Dollar of late. There are other factors also such as the recent hike in the cost of labour etc.

      The problem with the price of bread may not be so clear cut out.

      The Deputy Minister of Finance must do his home properly before they (he) comes up with policies which result in the government losing revenue in this case VAT collections but in the end not solve the intended problem.

  30. Christian   January 21, 2013 at 10:43

    This is what happens when you do not consult on a wholesale wage increase. Now sampa give us feedback on your recent workshop in south africa on sector minimum wage increases? which if you ask any reasonable person, should have done earlier before invoking the SI to increase in the firstplace.

  31. Bob   January 21, 2013 at 10:33

    Long term effects of price control include 1) businesses abundoning registered business to vending 2) job losses, 3) no money in people’s pockets. I hope the gov has options to counter these developments without hurting the overall economy. Lol

  32. Lsk!   January 21, 2013 at 10:18

    mwabweza chabe bread nanga mabanzi?

    • Christian   January 21, 2013 at 10:51

      What about Kampompo?

    • Scramble for zambia   January 21, 2013 at 10:52

      Ma banzi ni bread in rebased form.

  33. SHITANGWA   January 21, 2013 at 10:11


    • Nchelele Bula   January 21, 2013 at 10:21

      But is it hatred, ZWD is just informing us that thy hv now extended price controls to bread which is a good development

      • Infamy'99   January 21, 2013 at 11:00

        I think Shitangwa was pointing to some of the negative comments being posted but not an assault on the watchdog.

    • Christian   January 21, 2013 at 10:45

      This 16% removal is to mitigate the wholesale wage increase forced on bakeries last year. These clowns do not seem to realise it a give and take industry this MARKET

    • Donchi kubeba   January 21, 2013 at 10:59

      That man i believe he is an Economist.So let the mechanism for Demand and supply work not forgetting to factor in the reduction of 16%.Why should they force them do reduce the price.Let the economy adjust itself then with time everything will get where it is supposed to be…

  34. PEACE BA SATA   January 21, 2013 at 10:10

    Now when are you going to control the rental issues in zambia,there is no way a two bedroomed house can cost more than non redased k1800000 and k1500000.Nooooooooo,twakana we need all those houses to come at less than 1 milion kwacha and rebased kr1000 as the most expensive with tiles around.The same house in kabwe and kafue its k5ooooo non rebased and rebased k500.pliz our man work in such things as everyone would like to be staying ku not KWA,PLIZ

    • Nchelele Bula   January 21, 2013 at 10:23

      I totally agree with you. Plse may the government intervene.

    • The Seer   January 21, 2013 at 10:29

      The laws of supply and demand should not be interfered to any how. Just build your own house and stop renting….

      • obama   January 21, 2013 at 15:05

        I totally agree with you! What some bloggers don’t take into consideration is the cost of purchasing a piece of land plus the construction cost of a structure. Build your own house and then speak!

    • Mubanga   January 21, 2013 at 10:51

      One blogger was saying life is now affordable in Zambia. And that people are building their own mansions. Adding that it is only those in the diaspora who are suffering. So imwe Ba Peace Ba Sata, can you enjoy your life with your PF!

  35. double tobela   January 21, 2013 at 10:08

    let govt reduce house rentals. Lets see who will cry loudest.

  36. Liswa!   January 21, 2013 at 10:08

    PF should focus on real issues such as creating Permanent jobs in the Government unlike sequeezing bakeries, millers everyday. The issue of creating employment through the Chinese Road Projects doesn’t benefit Zambians.

  37. zedian   January 21, 2013 at 10:06

    Even chickend at soweto are damn expensive these traders in markets are exploiting and also buseko for timbers very very high and finally cement.

  38. double tobela   January 21, 2013 at 10:06

    let ilunda start makin bread and sell cheaply. My friend warned me that SATA would ruin the economy but went ahead and vote for PF. Am really sorry.

  39. Syber   January 21, 2013 at 10:05

    Shortages of bread loomimg. No one wants to sell for a loss

  40. Zedian   January 21, 2013 at 10:03

    Have you pipo seen how FAT , Miles Sampa has become?? He must be chewing from Mahtani be time!!!!

    • kabwe   January 21, 2013 at 10:13

      Discuss the price of bread. Leave Sampa’s body make up out of it.

    • Christian   January 21, 2013 at 10:53

      Ni ma ARVs

      • Bana Mpundu   January 21, 2013 at 14:17

        So what if hes on ARVs? Stop descrimination!

  41. Pa Fyamba   January 21, 2013 at 10:00

    Effects of minimum wage is price increase …period

  42. PJA   January 21, 2013 at 09:46

    Why not leave prices to be controlled by market forces. All we lack is prudent governance

    • i hate fornicators....   January 21, 2013 at 10:01

      not in zambia where you have cartels. government must intervene.

      • Ur Right!   January 21, 2013 at 12:49

        I agree with the above. Zambia is locked in a vicious neck choke hold by unscrupulous foreigners. The government should consider indiginous owned retail outlets at the expense of foreigners as a viable means of creating jobs for Zambians.

    • kudu   January 21, 2013 at 10:06

      16% reduction on material is good action. But do not assume that the “market” will comply without enforcement and public sensitization. Especially with so many crooked business companies flooding zambia. cheating, abuse have always been the case to the poor consumer. I hope you are not OK with that. Market forces can be ignored.

    • Tiyabonse   January 21, 2013 at 10:11

      PF should be ashamed of themselves that before they fraudulently came into power,they continue to harass business persons a thing that never took place during FTJ,LPM and recently RB.What will be the position at the end of their FIVE YEAR TERM?

  43. i hate fornicators....   January 21, 2013 at 09:44

    when is the government going to look at land selling also. Land is too expensive in zambia. a 30 by 30 going at KR90,000.00 bare land for that matter. government should also look at this issue maybe simusa is fast sleep.

    • Kalaki   January 21, 2013 at 11:11

      True. Why should someone like Galaun who was given free land to settle now sell the land at exorbitant prices and make millions from the same owners of the land? How clever we can be!!!!.

  44. Akamunofu Kalowa   January 21, 2013 at 09:43

    This is what one calls Pro Poor government. Well done Miles!

    • Kipara Matata   January 21, 2013 at 10:08

      What about minimum vages impact on the cost of bread? R u going to reverse?

  45. BASEBELE   January 21, 2013 at 09:43


  46. CNP-4U   January 21, 2013 at 09:41

    how long will this nonsense go on..will you ever continue monitoring prices for food..?do something bena ukwa!!

    • Ba Nswana   January 21, 2013 at 09:53

      This is a good move u also try to be reasonable.Whats wrong with your brain?