As the shortage of mealie meal hits various parts of the country and prices soaring to over K100,000 in some places, the PF government in panic has now ordered the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to start selling maize directly to households instead of millers.
There is currently stampede for the scare commodity in various parts of the country especially in Kasama and Solwezi where people have to line-up at selling points from as early as 04:00 hours for many days to chance the commodity.
In Lusaka, traders have resorted not to display the price of mealie meal in their shops and selling points but are still selling at K65,000 per 25kg of break fast, way above the recommended presidential price of K50,000.
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema recently said the shortage of mealie meal and high prices is due to failure by the PF government policies that resulted in over-exporting the commodity against the national demand.
President Michael Sata tried to intervene in high mealie meal prices by introducing UNIP style price controls but the move has resulted in shortage of the commodity as the millers are not ready to bare transport costs to far flung areas.
Now the PF are trying another formula by selling maize directly to families in Kasama.