NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
UNSCRUPULOUS people are going round collecting money from individuals and organisations on the pretext that it is meant to help market traders
whose stalls were gutted recently at Lusaka City Market.
And the Zambia National Building Society (ZNBS) has joined the corporate community in helping rebuild the lives of those that lost property in the inferno, as well as for reconstruction of the market, by donating over K65,000.
Technical committee of permanent secretaries on the ‘Build back better’ project spokesperson, Patrick Kangwa, has cautioned the public to be wary of such tricksters.
“We have too many people going round collecting money on behalf of marketeers who lost their properties in the inferno that gutted Lusaka City Market,” he said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday.
Mr Kangwa has since banned the holding of any events to raise funds for the rebuilding of Lusaka City Market without the authority of the committee of permanent secretaries.
He said there have been incidents of money being raised and misapplied, noting that this is what the committee wants to prevent.
“We want everything to be co-ordinated well so that everyone benefits,” Mr Kangwa said.
He said there has been a good response from the public on pledges, but could not disclose how much has been raised so far, apart from the K12.5 million raised during a recent fund-raising event at which Vice-President Inonge Wina was guest of honour.
Mr Kangwa said all the monies and pledges received so far will be compiled and announced to the public next week.
About K90 million is needed to build a market within six weeks to accommodate the displaced market traders.
About US$20 million is needed to rebuild the Lusaka City Market into a multi-storey trading centre and it is projected that this will be completed in 12 months.
Meanwhile, ZNBS board chairman David Nama said the society will donate K30,000 towards the reconstruction of the market, while management and members of staff have pledged to contribute over K35,000 for those who lost property in the fire.
“The employees shared that they have chosen to be part of the call as most of the affected people come from communities within which they reside,” he said.