Mpongwe has been hit by a critical shortage of mealie meal and voters have doubted the PF’s seriousness if they cannot address mealie meal shortage even when there is an election in the area.
After a shortage of two weeks mealie meal was only delivered at the Roan Antelope depot on Friday after copperbelt provincial minister reportedly ordered the milling company to divert all its deliveries to Mpongwe during this time of elections but residents spoken to said even the quantities that were delivered would not last long due to the presence of two boarding high schools in the area where the conmmodity has run out.
Sources from Roan Antelope milling company in Luanshya confirmed the ministerial order which management were not comfortable with. “Yes we got an order from provincial minister who said that we increase the quantities to Mpongwe because of elections there,” said the source.
Due to the shortage the price has reportedly gone high to between KR50 and KR55 per 25 Kg bag of breakfast meal and KR25 and KR30 for roller and sift meal respectively. Residents are being forced to get the staple food meal from Luanshya and say that with transport costs the total price shoots to over KR60.
A Watchdog check at the Mpongwe depot of the milling company found a truck offloading bags of mealie meal as residents queued up for the commodity as early as 06:00hrs.