Street Vendors Group urges members across the country to support President Lungu

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Permanent Secretary for Minister of Youth sports and child development Ms Agnes Musunga sings the memorandum of street vendors with the President of Street Vendors Association Mr Teddy Sinkala
FILE: Permanent Secretary for Minister of Youth sports and child
development Ms Agnes Musunga sings the memorandum of street vendors
with the President of Street Vendors Association Mr Teddy Sinkala

ASSOCIATION of Vendors and Marketeers (AVEMA) president Able Chikwa has urged street vendors across the country to rally behind the leadership of President Edgar Lungu because of vision to empower through Presidential Fund Initiative.

Addressing street vendors at the council chamber in Chipata on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Chikwa said President Lungu had a heart for the street vendors and marketeers alike.

He said President Lungu had embarked on various programmes aimed at alleviating poverty as well as uplifting their wellbeing as street vendors.

Mr Chikwa said President Lungu had shown commitment in alleviating the people’s welfare more especially street vendors by allowing them to sell in the streets.
“A good example is in Mansa where street vendors were removed from the streets but after the intervention from the central Government, the vendors are back on the street,”he said.

Mr Chikwa said that President Lungu was a caring leader who was siding with the street vendors and marketeers across the country.

He said people should re-elect President Lungu in the August 11th general elections so that he could continue empowering them with loans.

He also said the Presidential Initiative Empowerment Fund in Eastern Province has been marred with challenges of people who were not marketeers applying for the loans.

He said that most of the people that have applied for the funds were not real traders adding that the situation has led to the number of applicants increasing beyond the targeted number for most districts.

Mr Chikwa emphasised that the only true beneficiaries of the funds were Zambian marketeers and street vendors whom he said would not be removed from the streets.

He said that the Presidential Initiative Fund registration process would ensure that no foreigner was registered for the loans considering the fact that the province shares borders with Malawi and Mozambique.

He said all applications that would be approved by his association are those that were accompanied with a photocopy of a Green National Registration Card (NRC).
The meeting was attended by Patriotic Front(PF) Provincial Secretary Eddie Kapalu, AVEMA vice president Kunda Chitotela and AVEMA provincial chairperson Susan Ngoma.

The team is currently gifting soft loans to street vendors and marketeers in Chipata district.

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34 COMMENTS

    • Can PamaFI tells us WHAT MACRO & MICRO ECONOMIC Benefits STREET VENDORS & JERABOS BRING TO ZED??? These are the chaps THAT DON’T PAY EVEN A PENNY OR AN NGWEE OF TAX, yet Chagwa DEEMS IT FIT TO SIGN A PACT TO CONSIGN OUR BEAUTIFUL & ECONOMIC RICH COUNTRY to be PERPETUALLY LED BY THIEVES LIKE HIM!! For all hard working Zambians – YOUR TAXES WILL BE FUNDING THESE NGWANGWAZI who will be STRIPPING YOUR DAUGHTERS IN THE STREETS becoz Chagwa LOVES THEM!!!

      OPEN YOUR EYES Zambians, YOU WILL BE WAKING UP TO A COUNTRY WORSE THAN ZIMBABWE & CONGO COMBINED ON 12/8/2016 if you do stay back at home on 11/8/2016!!
      WE HAVE LET THIEVES RUN THIS COUNTRY FOR TOO LONG, it is TIME TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK & GIVE IT A CHANCE TO REGAIN SOME NORMALITY!!

      VOTE WISELY11/8/2016!! VOTE ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE…

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      VOTE WISELY11/8/2016!! VOTE ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE UPND!!!

      #chagwamustfall!!

      I thank you!!

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    • Street vendors must be removed from the streets and Lusaka will be clean again. To my politically correct friends, Im not saying just kick them out without finding them a place from which to operate. Actually, thats what I am saying. Kick them out and lets start the cleaning process. Times for being politically correct are long gone. The reason we have thousands of street vendors is because unemployment is extremely high!!!

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    • MARKETEERS & VENDORS ask yourselves what has led to you surviving on the STREETS??? IF it isn’t PamaFI & CHAGWA who else is it??? DO YOU DREAM OF YOU KIDS & GRAND KIDS DOING THE SAME FOR LIFE??? SUFFERING ON THE STREETS DURING LONG DAYS – catching DISEASES where you turn up to a CLINIC OR HOSPITAL & SLEEP ON COLD FLOORS your relatives are sent to go & LOOK FOR MEDICATIONS PEDDLED ON THE SAME STREETS rather than the HOSPITAL PHARMACY – This is the LIFE CHAGWA IS PROMISING YOU FOR LIFE – whilst he enjoys THE MOST EXPENSIVE ALCOHOL & JETS TO SOUTH AFRICA OR INDIA for simple Diarrhoea & COUGHS!!
      ASK YOUR PARENT’S & GRAND PARENT’s WHAT ZAMBIA WITH ITS RICH NATURAL RESOURCES WAS LIKE AFTER INDEPENDENCE & KK!!

      I know many of you won’t be able to read this article, ask your friends who…

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      I know many of you won’t be able to read this article, ask your friends who can to translate for you!! Just becoz you were born or lived under IGNORANT THIEVES like CHAGWA, IS NO REASON TO LET YOUR KITH & KIN SUFFER THE SAME MISFORTUNE FOREVER – IT IS WITHIN YOUR POWERS, TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR DESCENDANTS!!!

      Vote wisely 11/8/2106!! VOTE ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE UPND!!

      #chagwamustfall!!

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    • Vote for ECL there is no other candidate really; HH the UPND leader is unknown to the people of our great nation Zambia. Yes he is a “successful” businessman but he has never held public office at any level to be entrusted with the instrument of power, he is not tested at all. People know him as someone who made a fortune during the privatization period which he has not taken time to humbly explain to the people of Zambia the exact role he played and how he made his money, instead he is insulting anyone who mentions the word privatization. People want to know him; he is still a young man he could have started at constituency level as an MP to see the inside of parliament, debate and develop his constituency and later use that as a stepping stone to the highest office. As things stand now…

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    • As things stand now it is very difficult for him to convince the electorate to vote for him and too risky for the nation to experiment at the highest level. A healthy track record is very important he can do it he is still young.

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    • NOnsense a Government with no vision, Street vending is slavery and brings no sanity to the country. This rubbish should be revoked once HH gets in to Power. lets plan for better and proper markets.

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  1. When a country is ruled by RIFF RAFFS, STREET VENDING BECOMES A HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER CAREER!!
    It seems the SUBJECT MIGHT SOON BE INTRODUCED AT THE MANY UNIVERSITIES PamaFI are Peddling!!
    An ILLEGAL ACTIVITY, FOUGHT BY EVERY COUNCIL IN THE LAND is apparently RECOGNISED BY THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN ZED!! ILLEGALITY JUST AS MUCH AS CORRUPTION IS PERPETRATED BY PamaFI & Chagwa, THEY ARE GIVEN AIRTIME – NEXT IT WILL BE JERABOS SIGNING A PACT WITH PamaFI IN SUPPORT OF CHAGWA & THIEVES!! Zambians OPEN YOUR EYES!! What is the point of sending your kids to school & getting Gr 12 Cert when YOU CAN SIMPLY DEPOLY THEM IN THE STREETS AT NO SIGNIFICANT COST – Yes, the Zambia PamaFi DREAMS OF!! On 11/8/2016 if you do share their dream, YOU WILL VOTE FOR PamaFI!!

    If YOU DON’T, YOU WILL OF COURSE VOTE…

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    • If YOU DON’T, YOU WILL OF COURSE VOTE WISELY!! VOTE ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE UPND!!
      DON’T CONSIGN YOUR CHILDREN & GRAND CHILDREN TO THIEVING FOR LIFE – LOVE THEM AS YOU LOVE YOURSELVES!!

      #Chagwamustfall!!

      I thank you!!

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    If YOU DON’T, YOU WILL OF COURSE VOTE WISELY!! VOTE ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE UPND!!
    DON’T CONSIGN YOUR CHILDREN & GRAND CHILDREN TO THIEVING FOR LIFE – LOVE THEM AS YOU LOVE YOURSELVES!!

    #Chagwamustfall!!

    I thank you!!

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  3. Mr Chikwa, surely let us be more serious with issues. How can you glorify Street Vending as a career? The fact that Street Vending is so common points to a fundamental failure of Government to provide jobs, which is a reason why we should not vote for PF!Do not be satisfied with Street Vending as the best job there is. Instead of spending all the borrowed money on “infrastructure”, PF should have prioritised creating jobs in industry, agriculture & tourism. This would have lessened street vending.
    PF must be voted out!We need a more serious government! If that govt also fails to meet our aspirations as a people, we will also vote them out!

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  4. Cheap politics vendors Loans ?YaYa very sad after long time of suffering sure what can buy even 20000 cant buy anything and were are going to sell ?

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  5. I fail to understand why UPND and their HH fail to debate issues with sober minds. you have called PF supporters as pipo who have not gone to school but look at your comments. If really you have gone to school as you tell us you should have done some basic skills of debates or how to write argumentative essays. Pliz give us comments which can help to make your HH win elections.

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  6. This is what is killing our country. The economy is shrinking yet this man wants PF to continue so that it shrinks further. People are eating less, have less electricity, less mealie meal, less fuel, less education, less medicines in hospital, less HIV testing kits, less security as criminal are having field day

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    • And in your dementd mind you think HH will turn around all these things in a fortnight eh! You must be out of your mind, just work hard my dear things wont come on a silver platter.

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  7. you id1ots dont you know that street vendors order there goods from shops and sell them outside. meaning that they pay tax at the point of ordering the goods they sell. so shup up and let every one be empowered in there own way. white colar jobs are not well paying. you should be business minded you stup1d 1diots. VIVA PF

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  8. Vote for ECL there is no other candidate really; HH the UPND leader is unknown to the people of our great nation Zambia. Yes he is a “successful” businessman but he has never held public office at any level to be entrusted with the instrument of power, he is not tested at all. People know him as someone who made a fortune during the privatization period which he has not taken time to humbly explain to the people of Zambia the exact role he played and how he made his money, instead he is insulting anyone who mentions the word privatization. People want to know him; he is still a young man he could have started at constituency level as an MP to see the inside of parliament, debate and develop his constituency and later use that as a stepping stone to the highest office. As things stand now…

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  9. As things stand now it is very difficult for him to convince the electorate to vote for him and too risky for the nation to experiment at the highest level. A healthy track record is very important he can do it he is still young.

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  10. we need to manage how the so called street vending is done but that must handled by technocrats not for votes. i dont think PF are willing to handle this with sobriety. remember Nkandu Luo tried and guess what happened to her? my worry for this presidential initiative is that retirees are not being paid their monies and yet PF find it fit to start this initiative without helping the people that were our teachers, nurses, etc etc. please PF learn to prioritize issues

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  11. Chikwa, you have received kickbacks from Lungu at a wrong time. Zambians have already resolved to vote for HH on 11th August.

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  12. This ***** is not supposed to be using the organization for political reasons, let marketeers support who they want and be independent also. If chagwa gives money or soft loans take it with zero conditions because it is our money. stop this nonsense that chagwa cares, right now we need someone who has a vision and is hardworking. The country needs a lot of work and surely this lazy chap can’t get the job done. We will ship him back to chawama.

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  13. I sale in the streets please all street vendors should support pf and lungu. Pf is only govt allowed us to trade the idear was strongly condermed by the devil who afterwards pushed his cadres in streets to sell fish, and other food stuffs to make the idea unmanageable.
    #we trade,we feed our families,we send our children to school trading in pf is excellent only a devil can complain.
    Fellow vendors are we going to trust the devil in last minute.atleast where we are we can even ask for more good things we are assured
    Vote for lungu only the rest are thiefs

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  14. ….I wont be surprised to see prostitutes or rather Sex workers of Zambia coming on board as well in support of the same…..I don’t think its right for ZUT for teachers, Nurses union, or MUZ to come up with a sweeping statement like that even tho those are legal entities…street vending has not been legalised officially….the way JERABOS have been considered…
    …by the way, the money being flashed out on marketeers is not from PF coffers but govt meaning UPND, MMD, FDD sympathisers etc all contribute to that slash fund….this is a case were the union leader (alone) is given say K10,000 to make such statement meanwhile his general members still fail to buy a 25kg of meal meal…..

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  15. I am not supporting vending, the reality is for over 2 decades now our economy has been that of street vending. If you sat in a market stall, an office, you will spend 10 years without a sale even if you are smart & hardworking. There are no facilities for you to contact your prospective clients or your prospective clients to contact you, car parks are full at 07 00 AM, no e-mails. All organisations are using cellphones which have no directly. The available telephone directly has less than 1/3 of your potential clients and almost 75% of that number, the phones are not working. So what do you do to make a sell? Even noble professions like banks and insurance have followed suit but not only street vendors.

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  16. Only a bantustan can vote for their tribal HH!!i and all my family members shall vote for PF and president Edgar Lungu!!”IFINTU NI LUNGU-2016″.GO PF GO!!BRAVO TO YOU MR CHIKWA AND YOUR TEAM.KEEP ON WORKING HARD.WE SHALL DEFEAT THE OPPOSITION WHO JUST TALK MINUS PROVIDING SOLUTIONS TO US VOTERS!!am pretty sure that alot of marketeers who have benefited from these PF small loans will also support Edgar Lungu!!LET TRIBAL HH ALSO GIVE PEOPLE SMALL LOANS SINCE HE CLAIMS TO BE RICH!!IF POOR EDGAR LUNGU CAN HELP THE POOR,WHAT OF THE SO CALLED RICH POLITICIANS?BRAVO ECL!!

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  17. Street vending is an incurable cancer because it has to deal with civilization of people. There are plenty markets across the nation but these people prefer to be in the street than in a shade. Look at nakadoli market in kitwe it’s empty with its good structure. If people stop buying from streets and go in designated markets then vending will die a nature death. Revive national service were traders will be incorporated into and start producing rather than being traders.

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