The cost of living in Zambia has remained high and beyond the capacity of majority households, the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection has stated in its May Basic Needs Basket (BNB).
The BNB has noted that Lusaka, which has for years been the most expensive city in the country, registered a small reduction in the cost of basic goods last month. “…CSO [Central Statistics Office] attributed the cause for the increase [in inflation] to upward price movements in the prices of food items such as dried fish, dried Kapenta, Meat and Vegetables…and should be a concern especially to government. Releasing the basic needs basket for the month of May, the Centre observes that despite the marginal reduction in the cost of living in some places, the cost of living remains high. The Lusaka Basic Needs Basket for the month of May reduced by K61.83 from K 5,519.47 in April 2019 to K 5,457.64 in May,” it stated. “However, this is still high for many households. The drop in the May Basket was largely due to reductions recorded in the prices of mealie meal, kapenta and dark green vegetables.” It stated that after incessant calls and appeals from the government, millers reduced the price of mealy meal from K103 in April to K100 in May per 25kg bag of breakfast.
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