Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has disclosed that the cost of living in Lusaka averaged K9, 126, in June 2023, with the national average basket standing at K6, 466.
In a statement, Centre Social and Economic Development (SED) Programme Manager highlights that this is still significantly higher than the national average monthly income of K4, 215.
Muchimba Siamachoka has further revealed that the cost of living for a family of five in Lusaka rose to K9, 239.45 in June 2023 from K9, 077.93 recorded in May 2023, representing a K161.52 increase.
She has attributed the upward price adjustments to price increases in food items such as beans, cooking oil, bananas and fresh milk.
Ms. Siamachoka however noted that the price of Vegetables decreased by K59.73 from K509.08 per 40kg to K449.35, while other fruits fell from K404 to K366, representing a reduction of K38.
She says from the non-food items section, charcoal saw a reduction in price, with two 90kg bags decreasing by K50 from K750 to K700.