Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:36:40 +0000
By MUYANI SHINJABALE
PRESIDENT Lungu has donated 1,400 exercise books to traders at Chisokone market in Ndola, as a way of mitigating their financial challenges in providing for their children’s school needs.
And Ndola Central member of Parliament Emmanuel Mulenga has assured traders without trading space that they will be given new places at Chisokone market.
Mr. Mulenga has told the traders that President Lungu and his government are aware that a number of pupils have not reported to school due to lack of necessary school requirements.
He said President Lungu directed him to take the books to the traders who were lamenting over their lack of trading places and inability to buy books for their children.
Mr. Mulenga said he was given 1,400 books to distribute to the traders in his constituency and extra 2,800 books would be sent in the next two weeks.
He urged the traders to share the books fairly, starting with the ones without trading spaces.
And in an interview, Mr. Mulenga said 350 vendors had already been given trading places leaving 120 vendors without trading spaces.
Mr. Mulenga comforted the traders that his office was going to ensure Ndola City Council gave them trading spots to sustain their livelihoods.
“Government is aware of the many challenges that the street vendors are facing after the ban on street vending. I am therefore appealing to the remaining 120 street vendors not to panic because government will ensure that all traders are accommodated somewhere very soon,” he said.
He also disclosed that government was going to build another market within Ndola town centre.