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Sata says high mealie meal prices might lead to riots

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Zambian President Michael Sata has observed that continued increase of mealie meal prices had a

President Michael Sata

propensity to cause riots in the country.
The President has also bemoaned the continued weakness of the Kwacha against other currencies.
He has also expressed disappointment at the absence national airline in the country.
The President was speaking when he swore in the Transport, Communication, Works and Supply Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa at state house in Lusaka the country’s capital today January 7 2013, the president vowed that he was going to do everything possible to make sure that does not happen.
Sata said he would not allow Millers to lead the country to rioting because they want to make exorbitant profits from the mealie meal when the Government was selling it to them at an affordable price.
He called on civil servants to be more vigilant in protecting citizens by making sure that they were getting the right things when they needed them failure to which people would rise against the Government citing the example of the food riots at the time when President Kenneth Kaunda was still president.
He later went to hold a closed door meeting with the millers.
Meanwhile the president has said there is need to improve the country’s economy so that the Kwacha can regain its strength like it was after the country gained independence.
He said there was need to use the country’s resources in the best ways so that the benefits can be seen even on how the currency would perform.
“By the end of this year may there be a true rebasing of the Kwacha, we have knocked off the Zeros but the actual rebasing will only come when our Kwacha regains its glory that is when it stabilizes against other currencies.”
And the president wondered why the country still had no National Airline despite its economy being even better than that of some countries which had airlines that were running effectively.
“It makes me very sad to see countries much poorer than Zambia with very vibrant airlines when my own country has none,’’ Sata said.
Zambian President Michael Sata has observed that continued increase of mealie meal prices had a propensity to cause riots in the country.
The President has also bemoaned the continued weakness of the Kwacha against other currencies.
He has also expressed disappointment at the absence national airline in the country.
The President was speaking when he swore in the Transport, Communication, Works and Supply Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa at state house in Lusaka the country’s capital today January 7 2013, the president vowed that he was going to do everything possible to make sure that does not happen.
Sata said he would not allow Millers to lead the country to rioting because they want to make exorbitant profits from the mealie meal when the Government was selling it to them at an affordable price.
He called on civil servants to be more vigilant in protecting citizens by making sure that they were getting the right things when they needed them failure to which people would rise against the Government citing the example of the food riots in the 1990s under President Kenneth Kaunda.
He later went to hold a closed door meeting with the millers.
Meanwhile the president has said there is need to improve the country’s economy so that the Kwacha can regain its strength like it was after the country gained independence.
He said there was need to use the country’s resources in the best ways so that the benefits can be seen even on how the currency would perform.
“By the end of this year may there be a true rebasing of the Kwacha, we have knocked off the Zeros but the actual rebasing will only come when our Kwacha regains its glory that is when it stabilizes against other currencies.”
And the president wondered why the country still had no National Airline despite its economy being even better than that of some countries which had airlines that were running effectively.
“It makes me very sad to see countries much poorer than Zambia with very vibrant airlines when my own country has none,’’ Sata said.

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