Mealie meal traders in Luanshya district have increased Mealie meal prices to K82 per 25 kg bag following the pronouncement by the Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) that it was considering an upward adjustment of between K10 and K15 per bag.
A spot check by ZANIS in Mikomfwa and Mpatamatu markets revealed that a 25kg bag of Mpongwe Milling breakfast mealie meal was going at K82 with Antelope Milling fetching K81 per 25kg.
Yesterday, Chishimba Kambwili the PF regime official mouthpiece and MP for Roan constituency in Luanshya assured the nation that millers were not going to increase mealie meal prices as they were in discussion with government.
Super market, such as Shoprite and Pick n Pay, have not adjusted the prices which are still between K65 and K70 respectively.
Antelope Milling Company CEO told ZANIS that there is need by government to control the mealie meal prices to avoid a repeat of riots that rocked the nation in 1986 due to a massive increase in mealie meal prices.
Mr Kaldhis also advised consumers to purchase mealie meal from registered depots to avoid being exploited.
Mr Kaldhis further disclosed that his company had reduced its production levels due to the continued electricity load shedding and he feared that this was one of the major factors that would contribute to an increase in mealie meal prices if the company resorts to using diesel generated electricity.
He boasted that his company labour force stood at 400 permanent employees with 150 casual workers and that the company had no intentions of downsizing its number.