Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo has vowed to transform the face of Lusaka as he begins his tour of duty as Lusaka Province Minister.
Speaking to Journalists Monday morning after touring the gutted City Market on a familiarization visit, Mr Lusambo revealed that he will spend most of his time in the field interacting with the residents of Lusaka to find solutions to their challenges.
Mr. Lusambo said he was touring the gutted market in response to an outcry from Marketeers that the trading conditions at the market had worsened following the heavy rains that the city has been experiencing.
The Provincial Minister has since disclosed that he will meet with business houses and cooperating partners to find a short term solutions to the roofing problem at the market which was gutted last year.
Mr. Lusambo who is also Kabushi Member of Parliament said he will not disappoint the people of Lusaka and most importantly the appointing authority in the execution of his new role.
“We are here to work and for me, work starts right here. There will be no time for wearing neckties,” he said.
“In this market, we have a lot of people, some are widows taking care of many orphans and it is important that we quickly find ways of improving the situation at the market,” Mr. Lusambo said.
Mr. Lusambo who also held meeting with market authorities said he will mobilise the business community to provide tents at the market as a short term measure.
He also called for team work and hard work in Lusaka Province in order to deliver on the promises of a modern capital city.
“I will not do this alone. I will work with my team at the Provincial Administration and everyone else in Lusaka to ensure that we create a city that we can all be proud to live in. My record is clear where I am coming from and I am confident that with the support of our people here, we will change the face of Lusaka because that is what we are here for,” Mr. Lusambo said.
He said he toured the market to reassure the people that President Edgar Lungu is still committed to addressing their plight as the government looks at ways of reconstructing the gutted market.