UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says the loans being given to marketeers by the PF government are too little to make positive impact in their lives.
Speaking when he featured on Komboni radio this morning Mr Hichilema said with the high cost of commodities a K2000 cannot make any impact in a business.
He said marketers should continue receiving the money because it was their money which the PF was distributing to them and that they should consider it to be a grant because his party will write off all the loans given to them by the PF when they get into office next year.
“The money which the PF is giving marketeers as loans is just too little. What can a 2000 do in terms of improving your business? It can’t do anything because the cost of doing business has gone up, transport is expensive, commodities are expensive so that 2000 is just a drop in an ocean.
We encourage you to get that money and eat it because it is your money which the PF is giving you. When we assume office in August those loans will be written off, they are grants and we will increase those grants so that you are able to improve your businesses meaningfully as opposed to what this government is doing,” he said.
And Mr Hichilema says his government will ensure that essential institutions such as schools and health institutions are well staffed and workers motivated to ensure quality public service delivery.
He said government workers needs to be motivated to ensure that they deliver quality services to the public who are their employers.
“When we are in office we want to make sure that a public worker is motivated. We want to make sure that infrastructure such as schools and clinics is near to the people regardless of where they are. There are times when sick people die in a queue because the hospital does not have enough workers we don’t want that to be happening under our watch,” he said.