JCTR links high cost of living in Luapula to poor economic activity

JCTR says low economic activities in Luapula Province have pushed up the cost of living in the area.

In an interview, JCTR researcher Fidelis Manda said the cost of living in Luapula Province had gone up as a family of six now requires not less than KR2,000 per month to meet basic requirements.

Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces are currently areas with the highest cost of living with a family of six requiring over K3,000 per month for basic needs, as surveyed by the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflections (JCTR) basic needs basket and the Central Statistical Office.

“Looking at the nature of most businesses or jobs that most people do here in Luapula, you realize that the majority people are failing to sustain their families because the prices for both food and non-food items don’t respond to their monthly earning income.