ZAMBIA is unlikely to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 in line with the dictates of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has said.
In a statement issued to Daily Nation yesterday, JCTR media officer Mwiinga Shimilimo observed that it was apparent that most households were struggling to provide basic needs for their families.
She also said JCTR had observed that in the month of September 2014 to October 2014, there had been a steady reduction in the cost of living.
“This reduction comes at a time when inflation is said to have increased by 0.1% from 7.8% to 7.9% in October 2014,” Ms Shimilimo said.
She further revealed that the cost of living for the month of October 2014 as measured by JCTR’s Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for an average family of five living in Lusaka was K3, 635.83.
“This shows a decrease of K67.19 from September’s BNB which stood at K3, 703.02,” Ms Shimilimo said.
She attributed the decrease to the increase in the availability of seasonal food items such as tomato, vegetables and Beans.
Ms Shimilimo said that the prices of kapenta by K41.32per kg, Beans K7.73 per kg and mealie meal by K4.65per kg from the previous month of September, contributing significantly to the decrease.
Ms Shimilimo however said other commodities such as dried fish which increased by K38.79 per kg, charcoal increased by K10.00 for a 90kg bag and onion which increased by K1.35per kg showed marginal increase in pricing.
She said the JCTR October BNB was a reminder to the nation that the war against poverty and social injustice had not been won yet and should not end with the death of President Michael Sata.
“We need to forge ahead to ensure that the quest for poverty eradication and social justice remains central to Zambia in order to improve every aspect of Zambian people’s lives,” she said.