Restaurant owners in Lusaka have complained that the escalating mealie meal prices is threatening their businesses, as clients insist on “bevula” which culminates into a loss. A market survey in selected retailers found a 25Kg breakfast bag of the ‘Mothers Pride’ brand selling at K150 in Spar Arcades while a 25 kg bag of ‘Pembe’ breakfast in Pick n’ Pay Society Mall was selling at K145. This is despite government’s plea to millers and retailers to cut the staple food prices. In an interviews, a restaurant trader in Lusaka’s Nyumba Yanga area complained that the business was no longer profitable owing to the escalating mealie meal prices. making losses and not able to increase prices for fear of losing customers,…...

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