Namwala traders shun mealie-meal business

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Namwala district commissioner Gevar Nsanzya has disclosed that most traders in the area have stopped selling mealie meal following the Presidential directive to peg the price at K50.00 per 25 kilo gram bag of  breakfast.


The District Commissioner said this when a team comprising Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Ambassador Peter Kasanda, Southern Province Permanent Secretary Dr.Mulenga Chileshe, and Permanent Secretary for parliamentary affairs Dr Simon Miti visited Namwala.


The team was in the area at the weekend to assess the extent to which Presidential directives and pronouncements have been implemented and the challenges encountered.


Mr.Nsanzya told the team that only Zambeef has maintained selling at K50.00 per 25 kg of breakfast and K38.00 for roller meal.


He said that recently he had a meeting with all mealie meal traders in the district who claimed that they were not making a profit because of high transportation costs from Namwala to Choma.


Mr.Nsanza added that the traders want government intervention to convince milling companies to bring mealie meal direct to the district so that the traders sell the commodity at the recommended price.


Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Ambassador Peter Kasanda has urged civil servants to implement government policies in line with the Patriotic Front manifesto.


Dr.Kasanda was speaking when he addressed government heads of departments in Namwala.


The Heads of department presented various issues such as restructuring of some government departments, nonpayment of rural hardship allowances, and settling in allowances among other issues.