The reconstruction of the country’s biggest market will be led by Zambia National Service (ZNS) in collaboration with the Lusaka City Council (LCC), and the business community.
The committee, chaired by Vice-President Inonge Wina, has also resolved that during the reconstruction of the market, the 1,902 traders whose shops were gutted will use Soweto market as an alternative trading site.
This is contained in a communiqué released yesterday by permanent secretary in charge of administration at the Vice-President’s office Stephen Mwansa.
The committee, which was established by President Lungu, held discussions covering matters connected to recent fires including the gutting of Lusaka City Market and came up with nine resolutions, among them, opening an account where donors and well-wishers can deposit funds for the reconstruction of the market.
The account will be housed at the Bank of Zambia for transparency sake, while deposits can also be made at various commercial banks to be announced soon, the communiqué reads in part.
The committee also resolved to arrange a breakfast meeting to launch the ‘Build back better’ campaign.
The technical committee will also formulate messages for dissemination regarding the recovery plan to the public by working closely with the media.
The committee also resolved that Government institutions must enhance insurance policies in all properties.
Also resolved is that a technical committee comes up with plans on how to build resilient markets countrywide.
Below is the full communique released
COMMUNIQUE ON “THE REBUILDING OF CITY MARKET” BY HER HONOUR THE VICE PRESIDENT MRS. INONGE MUTUKWA WINA
10TH JULY 2017 – Lusaka
Upon the appointment of a committee of ministers by his excellency the president mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu following the fire incident that destroyed goods and stalls worth millions of Kwacha at Lusaka’s City market, her honour the Vice President Mrs. Inonge Mutukwa Wina MP, convened and chaired the first committee meeting at cabinet office on Friday 07 July 2017.
The meeting was attended by ministers from the following ministries;
- Minister Office Of The Vice President
- Minister Local Government And Housing
Minister Commerce, Trade And Industry
- Minister Lands And Natural Resources
- Minister Home Affairs
- Minister Defence
- Minister Information And Broadcasting Services
- Minister Gender
- Permanent Secretary (administration) Office Of The Vice President
- Permanent Secretary (parliamentary Business) Office Of The Vice President
- National Coordinator Disaster Management And Mitigation Unit
- Permanent Secretary Youth, Sport And Child Development
- Permanent Secretary Local Government And Housing
- Permanent Secretary Defence
- Permanent Secretary Commerce, Trade And Industry
- Permanent Secretary Home Affairs
- Permanent Secretary Community Development
- Permanent Secretary Gender
- A Representative From The Minister Of Presidential Affairs’ Office
- A Representative From The Accountant General’s Office
- His Worship The Mayor Of The City Of Lusaka Council
- Town Clerk
- And other senior government officials
The meeting held exhaustive discussions covering matters connected with or incidental to recent fires, not necessarily restricted to the Lusaka city market fire, and came out with the following resolutions.
- An alternative market site to be used while the rebuilding of city market is ongoing has been identified as Soweto market. The option of other possible sites remain open.
- The city market to be rebuilt in 6 weeks and the exercise will be led by ZNS and in collaboration with LCC and the business community.
- A technical committee consisting government and city council technocrats and city market representatives to be created immediately.
- The technical committee to look into a recovery plan by mobilizing resources for relief for the affected marketeers and rehabilitation for the market.
- An account to be opened where donors and well-wishers can deposit funds. This account will be housed at the bank of Zambia for transparency. Deposits can also be made at various commercial banks to be announced.
- The technical committee to arrange a breakfast meeting to launch the “build back better” campaign.
- The technical committee to formulate messages for dissemination regarding the recovery plan to the public by working closely with the media.
- Government institutions to enhance insurance policy on all its properties.
- The technical committee to come up with plans on how to build resilient markets countrywide.
Permanent Secretary (administration)
Office of the Vice-President