CHAMBO NG’UNI, Chibombo
CONSTRUCTION of the Jubilee Integrated Women Highway Market at John Chinena in Chibombo district has been hampered because the land where the facility is supposed to be established is still under private ownership.
The initiative of highway markets is the brain child of Vice-President Inonge Wina and the facility at John Chinena is supposed to be the first before others are built across the country.
Central Province permanent secretary Chanda Kabwe said recently that plans to build the market are still on the drawing board at John Chinena,one of the biggest road side trading areas in the country.
“That land is not state land, its land that belongs to an individual and has been difficult to get that land,” Mr Kabwe said.
Mr Kabwe said Mrs Wina is still engaging the owner of the land earmarked for the modern market to ensure traders operate in a safe and better environment.
I n 2015, Mrs Wina launched the project being implemented under the public private partnership (PPP) concept and was overseen by the Jubilee Integrated Women Highway Market advisory team.
“These highway markets will be constructed where currently roadside markets exist such as the one here at John [Chinena] located on the main road across the country,” Mrs Wina said.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Empowerment Initiative Fund (PEIF) says it will soon install a borehole at John Chinena to address challenges of water.
Mr Kabwe,who is PEIF patron, said there are many people doing business at John Chinena and it is important that they have access to clean and safe water.