Mwense district has been hit with shortage of mealie meal for the past one week now.
Some traders talked to by ZANIS in the area attributed the shortage of the commodity to failure by millers in Mansa to supply them at reduced prices.
Speaking on behalf of traders, Geshom Chanda said millers in Mansa have stopped selling meali meal as they are still negotiating on government directive to sell the commodity at reduced prices.
Mr. Chanda said currently, the traders have been ordering a 25 Kilogramme bag of breakfast and roller meal at KR49 and KR45 rebased respectively.
He said unless the millers reduce the wholesale price, shortage of the commodity in the area will continue because traders will not order the mealie meal for fear of running their business at a loss.
And in a telephone interview with ZANIS, APG Mansa milling manager Oscar Alikuleti said the company has reduced the price of the commodity to KR49 and KR40 rebased for breakfast and roller meal respectively.
Meanwhile, Mwense District Commissioner (DC) Victor Kasuba said businessmen who will not comply with the president’s directive to reduce mealie meal prices risk having their licenses revoked