Mealie Meal Image source: Zambia Daily Mail
Mealie Meal Image source: Zambia Daily Mail

A critical shortage of mealie meal which is used in the production of Zambia’s staple food, Nshima, has hit Lusaka, the country’s capital and some parts of the country, resulting in long queues.

On the other hand, those with the commodity are selling it at exorbitant prices.

Hakainde Hichilema, the country’s main opposition leader has asked the government to explain what was causing the shortage of mealie meal in the country.

“We are receiving reports of a shortage of mealie meal in most parts of the country. And where it is available, the prices are way too high contrary to the recent pronouncements that the commodity would reduce,” he said in a release.

The opposition leader has since asked the government to provide an explanation of what could be causing the shortage, adding that the government has always been warned not to export maize outside the country because of poor harvest.

Some residents of Lusaka complained over the shortage as well as the high price of the commodity.

They complained that they have been searching for the commodity to avail while those having it have increased the price.

Last week, the Millers Association of Zambia, an organization representing millers, said it would engage the government to find a solution to the mealie-meal shortage. Enditem

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