Entrepreneur successfully completes his walking from Lusaka to Livingstone in 15 days
A 31 year old entrepreneur Frank Masanta has successfully completed his 15-days of walking from Lusaka to Livingstone with a call for young people to embrace entrepreneurship skills instead of waiting for handouts from Government.
Mr Masanta, who works for Youth for Africa Renaissance and Faculty organisation and flagged-off his entrepreneurship walk from Lusaka two weeks ago, arrived in Livingstone on Tuesday around 14:00 hours.
Speaking at Livingstone district commissioner Paul Sensele’s office upon his arrival on Tuesday, Mr Masanta said the Government had already shown its commitment to promote entrepreneurship and hence it was important that young people embraced entrepreneurship to sustain their living.
Mr Masanta’s walk, which was sponsored by Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) SME Toolkit Zambia, was made possible by some district commissioners and well wishers along the way who gave him food and shelter.
“I have walked from Lusaka to Livingstone to try and demonstrate the importance of entrepreneurship.
I would like to inspire my fellow young people to engage in entrepreneurship instead of always asking for handouts from Government and other organisations,” he said.
Mr Masanta said the future the Zambian economy depended on entrepreneurship and it was important that every citizen played a part to supplement Government efforts of creating jobs to the citizens.
“Young people should not just wait for Government to empower every youth. Let them actively engage in creating jobs for themselves instead of always complaining that there are no jobs in the country,” he said.
Mr Masanta said the Government alone could not manage to provide jobs to each and every youth.
“For instance, I only had about K40, 000 when Sports permanent secretary Agness Musunga flagged off the watch in Lusaka recently but because of my entrepreneurship skills, I have managed to walk the whole way and reach Livingstone without difficulties.
I did not have enough money along the way but people embraced my idea because it is part of the solution to help the Government,” Mr Masanta said.
And speaking at the same function, Mr Sensele commended Mr Masanta for successfully completing the entrepreneurship walk.
Mr Sensele said the walk had taught young people that they could sustain themselves without always looking elsewhere for help.
“As Government, we are trying to promote entrepreneurship and so walk has supplemented our efforts by inspiring youths to engage in entrepreneurship.
Our youth like the syndrome of being helped by their parents. We need to encourage them on how to fish and not giving them fish,” Mr Sensele said.
Southern Province sports coordinator Vincent Sitali said he was grateful that Mr Masanta had successfully walked for Lusaka to Livingstone for 15-days.
“As Ministry of Sports, we are involved in promoting entrepreneurship and so you have inspired young people in Southern Province and the rest of Zambia.
You have shown that young people should be physically fit and instead of young people engaging in evil vices that can destroy their bodies,” Mr Sitali said.
COMESA cross border traders association Livingstone chairperson Simon Chande commended Mr Masanta for a successful entrepreneurship walk from Lusaka to Livingstone.