Economy

Cost of Living in Lusaka Jumps to Over K6, 200

The cost of living for a family of five living in Lusaka district has increased by over K230 from K5, 979.57 in the month of July to K6, 210.76 in the month of August, showing a 3.9 per cent hike.

Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection Social and Economic Development Programme Officer Chanda Chileshe said the increase in the cost of living was due to a rise in prices of some food items such as rice, beans, kapenta and mealie meal.

Mr Chileshe explained that the increase in the price of these food items was mainly due to the reduced availability of the commodities on the market.

He added that the continued rise in the cost of living is distressing as this is perpetuating hunger especially among the marginalized who have been struggling to afford a decent living for years.

“The price of rice increased from K97.48 per 5kg in July to K107.87 per 5 kg in August, with beans increasing from K25.29 per Kg in July to K33.71 per kg in August and kapenta increased from K181.62 per kg in July to K188.68 per Kg in August,” Mr. Chileshe said.

He explained that in order to address the high cost of living which is subsequently perpetuating hunger, it is imperative that Government puts in place appropriate measures and interventions to see a reduction in the costs of basic commodities.

“In the first place, government needs to own up and be open about the current situation. Further, government needs to engage key stakeholders such as farmers association, millers and researchers who can help out on how the country can come out of the current situation,” said Chileshe.

 

41 Comments

  1. Wallen

    I’m suffering because I gave my vote to wrong people, you are making people to practice voter apathy, ok maybe it’s a fulfillment

    • Leonard

      And someone says we are food secure surely?

    • Leonard

      By 2021 the food basket will be k10000

    • Leonard

      What do you expect with the current political leaders we have.prepare for the worst otherwise I lost hope in 2012 cause I foresaw the current hardships we are going through.

    • Iko no mist

      What is cost of living? How is it determined?

  2. SEE MIND ( MWAMPO)

    GOVERNMENT WE LEAD OUR COUNTRY THEY VERY WEAK. WE CAN’T SUFFERING LIKE THIS COST OF LIVING VERY HIGH. EVERYTHING COMMODITIES THE PRICE HAS GONE UP AND DAILY DOMESTICS USED ASLO ITS GONE UP. WHERE WE ARE GOING OUR LIFE? ZAMBIAN PEOPLE LETS WOKE UP. THIS GOVERNMENT THEIR KILLING US ! INFLATION OF THE KWACHA IS WEAKEN AGAINST THE MAJOR CURRENCES. 2021 WE MUST REMOVE THIS GOVERNMENT WE ARE TIRED TO SUFFER.( THE LEADER WHO NOT CARES ABOUT COST OF LIVING PEOPLE HIS NOT A LEADER !!!

  3. Geoffrey Bwamba Mwalya

    Katwishi uko tuleya mwandini ne calo chesu Chino.

  4. Impyakusu ichinyo

    To other people it’s normal because they keep on praising there usles leadership and keep on defecting to the usles ruling party

  5. B3

    Prices up it’s everywhere not only Zambia but the whole prices going up,END TIMES the whole world is lying in the hands of the deceit

  6. Saviour Sebente

    Am speechless

  7. ELLIOT PHIRI

    Comment THE COST OF LIVING IS TOO HIGH ALMOST EVERY THING

  8. Mtonga Zakaria

    Only strong one’s will survive, living is too high

  9. Emmaus MULANDO KAFUNGAMINA

    Dic’z the fulfilment of de bible, the End timez, the poor wil become poorer ad rich shall be richer pipo of God open yo eyez n your five sensez let us be true christianz not church goerz

  10. Sosa

    People!let us just change government coz this government has already failed us.Ati ukupesha cibola kumupenwinamo.

  11. Sosa

    Ba politician baleifolesha huge sums of money to better their lives while the poor majority are wallowing in sotambe poverty ati pamaka,which power?wake-up fellow citizens change ekalubula.

  12. magical minds

    Let’s just accept it we are nearing the end of the world.

    • Just me

      The end of the world is neither here nor there just suffer till u die that is the end.

  13. Jackson

    No one lived who saw the world from its beginning and no one wil live to see its end except GOD,pf has failed

  14. Winnipeg Nyirongo

    Well articulated Mr. Chanda Chileshe!!!!! But the main problem we have in Zambia is that most of the people in Zambia do not understand “ECONOMY” very well. You will hear that most of them will Politicize this article but you are telling us the truth here. The common Zambians here are the ones who are suffering not the well to do ones. The Government should engage Farmers Union of Zambia, Millers Association of Zambia, NGO’s and other stakeholders to find the lasting solution on this hunger situation in Zambia. Thanks

  15. puzzled

    aha ndiye pf tinavotela! and my question is if the cost of living is above k6,000 hw many people are earning that? coz even civil servant are surviving on loans 2 take ther children 2 school n other programs. so most of them there monthly salary are behind those figure, prices of basic needs ar going up but salary increment is 2%. the k100 of 2day is k50 of the past.lets try other leaders in 2021

    • Austerity

      You are right Puzzle. My vote is on Green party. He is the only one with the solution. The rest ku waya waya fye(KWWF).

  16. Hh

    Let lungu rule zambia

  17. LOGO

    DORA VERY SOON BE SICK LOOK AFTER VOTERS IN 2021.DORA AND LUNGU EAT AND DRINK NOW,, REMEMBER THE PARABLE OF RICH MAN.

  18. Chisushi

    We are suffering because of the fukin PF government, fuck Dora siliti

  19. FACTS

    And inflation only @ 8%?
    Just imagine what introduction of GST and Excise Duty will do to the the cost of living.
    Let us tighten the belts (again) and enjoy fruits of great economic development whilst denial of stark reality gets louder by the day.

  20. Razor

    And dollar is still climbing now trading at K13.3 So expect prices to go up further.

  21. Herv Rena

    The youth no longer get jobs in govt,balileka nokupa,and even those in govt no salary increment .ways going on!!

  22. Mufunelo meeee

    Nangu mwacinja ubuteko imwe guys from the look of things …..not even HH will fix the economy….., what does he know? Ninshi tacitila provide cheks and balances???? Mukalila imweee bantu

    • Just me

      So you want to continue eating alone.let other people eat as well. You ve failed

  23. Mr equally

    The Economy is growing faster than my children 😷😷😷

  24. Dora siliya

    Ubufi ati tulecula pantu abantu nabapakama sana ndeisa mukwimininako 20²1

  25. Nachi

    Ba mufunelo, are you not crying now!

  26. mugabe

    lungu has failed let him stap donw n allow people who cn run this country in a batter way we are tired with pf useless government

  27. King

    Aletupwilikisha uyo Tata.. Twisuke amenso

  28. real tan sian

    survival of the fittest

  29. toto

    Government is saying, we have enough maize stocks and solar milling plants are dotted around the country.Just wait and see if they are of help to us Since it is a listening government.

  30. James Shawa

    Comment I think that is very right why it’s in the city where you would find a development of the country in education and the high paid office while towns are there to suppy the city and…

  31. OLD MZEE

    What Mr Chileshe and his team are not telling us is that most people don’t leave on rice.the reslish in Zambia is mostly rape,Cabage and other vegetables.Most people live on rape which costs k1.00 with Nshima Vegetables this time of the year are very cheap everywhere just go to SOWETO or any market
    The economy is bad but the government is trying its best.Suffering is everywhere Africa-Egypt,SA,Nigeria Ghana,Europe -Greece,Turkey,Asia-India Pakistan,South Merica-Bolivia,Argentina,Central America-Honduras,Guetemala,El Salvado,Caribean-Cuba,Haiti,
    Middle East -Sirria,Iran,Iraq
    The trade war between China and America has hit everyone badly’.
    So Zambia is not an island.Whether we change Government or not the econoy will remain bad

  32. Lusengho Kayz

    Its all because of the “Beast” called CLIMATE CHANGE, no blame game comrades.

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