CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
BAKHTAWAR Singh Ball Krishan (BSBK) Limited, a construction and civil engineering multinational company, has donated K100,000 towards the rebuilding
of the burnt Lusaka City Market.
Vice-President Inonge Wina thanked BSBK for the donation which she said will help rebuild lives of over 4,000 City Market traders whose shops were destroyed.
Mrs Wina, who is chairperson of the ministerial committee spearheading the reconstruction of the market, said the project will only be successful with help from all stakeholders.
She said this yesterday when BSBK, led by Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa, handed over a dummy K100,000 cheque.
“Our budget is very huge and we will only achieve the objective [of building better markets] set for us by President Lungu by working with various stakeholders so that we can rebuild the lives of marketeers who lost their property,” Mrs Wina said.
She said Government also plans to build markets on the highways leading to provincial centres.
Mr Chilangwa said BSBK, which is implementing several government projects in Luapula Province, decided to donate towards rebuilding City Market as part of its corporate social responsibility.
And BSBK country head Pratyush Swain said it was a privilege to contribute towards rebuilding the gutted City Market.
Mr Swain said he is impressed with the unity and love exhibited by Zambians, especially after the gutting of the market.
“The donation is in line with the One Zambia, One Nation motto. Zambians are good people and we were touched by the loss of property at City Market,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mrs Wina yesterday launched a cycling event aimed at raising money for the underprivileged in Luapula during the Luapula Expo that will run from July 27 to 29.
Mrs Wina said she is happy with the initiative by the youths to ride from Lusaka to Samfya, a distance of 800 kilometres, for a noble cause.
She was speaking at Levy Business Park where the launch was held.
“It shows us as leaders that indeed we have youths in this country who care about others, about their communities and about the future of this country,” Mrs Wina said
Mrs Wina said President Lungu is proud of the youths and wants them to get more involved in initiatives that help others.
The cycling event is dubbed “Imagine me 10 years from now”.
Mrs Wina said Government is aware of the challenges faced by children, youths and women, and has put in place measures to address those challenges.
She said Government has taken steps to ensure that no one is left behind in the development agenda of the nation.