STEVEN MVULA, Itezhi tezhi
PRESIDENTIAL Empowerment Initiative Fund national patron Chanda Kabwe says the organisation will continue building capacity of marketeers and vendors because they are
the majority in the informal sector.
Mr Kabwe, who is also Central Province permanent secretary, said in an interview here yesterday that President Lungu has continued to contribute 10 percent of his salary to the betterment of marketeers and vendors to enable them to contribute to national development at a small-scale level.
“President Lungu and his family are passionate about marketeers and vendors because these people account for 60 percent of those in the informal sector. This initiative is not a government programme but the President’s idea. Every month I go to collect 10 percent of President Lungu’s salary towards this cause,” Mr Kabwe said.
He said the initiative will soon give out K100,000 to 120 victims of the Luburma (Kamwala) market inferno.
Mr Kabwe said as soon as the issue of the Lusaka City Market inferno is addressed, the organisation will go ahead to assist the Luburma market fire victims.
“We are Zambians and we have a responsibility to help one another. Our mandate is to empower the over 3,000 marketeers on our registers countrywide,” he said.
On the gutted Lusaka City Market, Mr Kabwe said the organisation is waiting to hear from government and then move in to help.
“We have left the reconstruction of City Market in hands of government, but we will come in to help build the marketeers’ capacity so that they can rebuild their businesses,” Mr Kabwe said.