Vice President Inonge Wina has announced that the 4 000 marketeers that were operating at the gutted Lusaka City Market will be relocated to alternative trading places to pave way for the reconstruction of a new modern market.
Mrs. Wina said that the two alternative pieces of land that have been identified are Simon Mwewa Lane and Soweto market. The Vice President said that a combined team of defense force and engineers have already started working on the alternative trading sites and is expected to be complete in six weeks.
Mrs. Wina was speaking at a breakfast meeting in Lusaka to launch the fund for rehabilitation of markets in Zambia. She called on the corporate entities and individuals to assist in raising funds to help the affected families.
The Vice President however called on well-wishers to Channel all funds to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit -DMMU and the office of the Vice President to promote transparency and accountability.
Mrs. Wina explained that this will prevent unscrupulous people from taking advantage of the situation to defraud people. DMMU National Coordinator Patrick Kangwa has called on all stakeholders to contribute to the building of resilient markets in the country. During the launch of the fundraising event, various stakeholders pledged over K 12.5 million Kwacha.
Early this week, Government said that it will construct a modern structure at Lusaka City Market that will accommodate five times more marketeers than the current number.
Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale said that the new market will also have a much bigger bus station with modern facilities. Mr. Mwale said that the construction which will take at least one year will cost 20 million dollars. Mr. Mwale said during the construction period, marketeers will be moved to temporary site.