Former Bweengwa Parliamentarian Highvie Hamududu is imploring the Patriotic Front (PF) Government to find a suitable approach to address street vending in Zambia.
Hamududu said the explosion of street vending is a result of the failed non-inclusive and sketchy capitalism spearheaded by the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) government which left countless of Zambians in limbo after Parastatals were privatized culminating in job loses.
He said the 1990s liberalization of the market and the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) boosted the economy without development as the development was only driven by few Zambians who connections to the MMD.
Hamududu added that during the reign of the MMD under Second Republican President Frederick Chiluba Zambia’s economic growth was drifting, cruel, redundant and futureless.
He said there are many innovative approaches which might be used to progress the informal sector into thriving Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).
“Let’s all first commit ourselves to National Unity by removing political acrimony from among ourselves”
“I see bright people in all major political parties, be it in MMD, PF or UPND, but no unity of purpose across the artificial political divide”
“As Zambians we must first define and commit ourselves to a shared national vision above our party agendas” Mr. Hamududu said