Scores of Kasama residents today flocked banks to make withdrawals of the newly rebased currency.
Long queues characterized the banking institutions as most people anxiously wanted to start transacting in the new kwacha.
A check by ZANIS this morning revealed long queues at Zanaco Bank, Barclays Bank and Standard Chartered Bank as early as 07:00hours.
Those talked to after accessing the new Kwacha notes expressed happiness.
George Gondwe said he had no problems with new notes because it was easier to carry and conduct transactions.
And Leotina Simutenda, 75, of Location Township has thanked the government for rebasing the money.
Mrs Simutenda said the new currency will be easily understood by elderly people who faced numerous problems with the old currency.
She noted that although the new currency has the same strength as the old one, people will not be required to carry bulky notes in their pockets as the case was in the past.
And Finance Bank customers have cried foul over the non-operational of the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).
Danny Siwila told ZANIS that the machines have not been working since the December 29, 2012, making it difficult for them to withdraw money.
Mr Siwila called on management at Finance Bank to hastily normalize the situation.
He said he could not use his visa card from Finance Bank to any other places as the Bank has not normalized its ATM.
Meanwhile, some shoppers have appealed to the Bank of Zambia to quickly offload coins on the market.
Juniper Sikombe complained that they were not being given change in coins and the money was not yet in circulation.
Mrs Sikombe has since appealed for a quick intervention by the Central Bank.
Efforts to get a comment from the Bank of Zambia failed
Barely two days since the rebased Kwacha was launched by the Minister of Finance, Alexander Chikwanda in Lusaka, Kasama has no coins, causing panic to many business institutions.