24 November 2012

Zambia: Govt Explains Mealie-Meal Shortage

VICE-President Guy Scott has assured that the mealie meal shortage on the Copperbelt and other parts of the country will be resolved by next week.

Dr Scott explained that the shortage of mealie meal was partly because of a breakdown of a major component at Mpongwe Milling Company, a major supplier of the commodity on the Copperbelt.

The Vice-President said South Africa had stopped supplying the commodity to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a situation which had caused high demand from that country in Zambia's Copperbelt Province.

He told Parliament yesterday that for the past seven days, Mpongwe Milling Company had experienced a technical fault which resulted in low supply of mealie meal on the Copperbelt.

"Mpongwe Milling has been down for the past seven days which has aggravated the situation because it is the largest milling and supplier of mealie meal on the Copperbelt, but by next week the situation will normalise," he said.

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