President Edgar Lungu has given Kitwe City Council 20 days in which to revisit rental charges at the Nakodali market in Chimwemwe township as the charges were unreasonable.
Addressing a public rally at the market after a conducted tour of the premises, today, President Lungu said it was not making sense to have built a big market and yet not occupied despite having constructed recently.
There was no way a market of this size could be failing to provide services which are supposed to be enjoyed by marketeers when they were paying rentals, said the President.
“ It would be make more economic sense if the council can reduce rentals so that there is full occupancy and maximize on rental collections, “ the President said.
He said he was aware that even the little that was been collected is been pocketed a situation which he described as unfortunate.
He reasoned that it was important the money being raised is ploughed back so that the welfare of marketeers such as clean water, toilets and garbage collection are provided.
“ It is upsetting and worrying to discover that most local authorities have slowed down the pace of developmental projects which have been funded under them, “ he said.
President Lungu warned that he will not hesitate to fire erring and incompetent managements so that the ae replaced with those who ready to deliver and work.
The PF’s slogan of putting more money in people’s pockets means that as a party it wants to provide and improve health delivery services, schools and other social amenities which will enhance their livelihood, he said.
He also wondered why water utility companies in the province had failed to meet the water demand of locals.
He said his office will not sit but find out from the responsible ministry to get answers.
And President Lungu has urged water utility companies on the Copperbelt to improve water supply.
He said he was aware that there is a problem of water supply in most area in the province.
The head of state said he will engage the management of Copperbelt based water utility companies to establish their problems and see how water supply can be improved.
He charged that he will not hesitate to fire culprits if the problem is about people not working.
President Lungu reiterated his commitment to developing the country and stated that his government’s performance should be judged from 2016 when he started a full term of office.
He said his government will empower people but stated that it will not put money in people’s individual pockets but will instead provide a conducive environment for people to make money.
And President Lungu has urged Kitwe residents not to be swayed by opposition political leaders who are inciting them to leave the Patriotic Front stating that there is nothing the label PF members can do for them.
He also urged the residents of Chimwemwe and Wusakile to work with their independent members of parliament, Mwila Mutale and Pavyuma Kalobo respectively so as to bring development in their areas following the two MP’s willingness to work with the ruling party.
He urged them to remain loyal to the ruling party as it is working hard to develop the country and address the needs of the citizen as promised during the campaigns.
Earlier, cabinet minister, MPs and PF senior party officials took turns to urge Kitwe residents to continue rallying behind the ruling party as it was the only party capable of addressing their problems and bringing meaningful development to the country.
The ministers and PF party officials cautioned the Kitwe residents against listening to the empty promises of frustrated politicians who failed to deliver when they held government positions.
Meanwhile, president Lungu has concluded his three day working visit on the Copperbelt where he commissioned the ZAFFICO poles treatment plant in Kalulushi, inspected works on the Mufulira-Ndola road and also inspected police officer’s houses construction project at Mukambo boarder among other engagements.