President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA says the government has negotiated a formal order of one million tonnes of mealie meal with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The President says this follows the formalisation of the trade mechanism put in place between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

President HICHILEMA says the Congolese government has paid 14. 5 million dollars as first installment paid in advance through the bank, deposited on Thursday July 20th, 2023.

The President said this in Namwala yesterday shortly after arriving at his Naminwe Farm where he is on a working holiday.

He, however, assured Zambians that the government is committed to addressing the issue of smuggling which has continued to affect mealie meal prices.

President HICHILEMA also called on Zambians to support the growth of the agriculture sector through irrigation farming in view of existing crop export opportunities created.

He also said the debt restructuring has opened investment opportunities in various sectors of the economy.

And, Southern Province Minister CORNELIUS MWEETWA said the President is in Namwala at his Naminwe farm for a working holiday and also to enable him to reflect on national economic recovery.

Mr MWEETWA said the President needs to work quietly especially after a hectic schedule of travelling locally and internationally negotiating debt restructuring.

And, UPND Provincial Chairperson BILLIARDS MAKWEMBO said the party is happy with the progress that the government has made since being elected into office.

He said there is light at the end of the tunnel for the country as the President has done more than what the people expected him to do in a short period of time.

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