MUNIDE ZULU, Lusaka
DEPUTY Minister of Commerce Miles Sampa has warned of stern action against youths politicising and commercialising the ongoing exercises on issuance of votersâ€™ cards and national registration cards (NRCs).
Mr Sampa has also said Government will be forced to re-introduce the statutory instrument to ban the usage of dollar in pricing and buying if traders continue trading in the foreign currency.
Mr Sampa, who is Matero member of Parliament, said obtaining NRCs or voters cards should not be at a charge unless the payment is being paid to the police once someone loses the document.
â€œIssuance of votersâ€™ cards is free. Residents should be alert and report anyone charging issuance of NRCs so that people found wanting are prosecuted. This action would serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders,â€ he said in an interview.
Mr Sampa said youths should not cause confusion and should not make issuance of NRCs a money-making venture but should use the opportunity to register as voters ahead of the 2016 presidential, parliamentary and local government elections.
He said youths should sensitise each other on the significance of obtaining votersâ€™ cards and NRCs ahead of the 2016 elections.
Mr Sampa said getting the votersâ€™ cards will enable the youths to vote the PF back into power so that the party can continue implementing various developmental projects.
Meanwhile, Mr Sampa said Government could be compelled to re-introduce a statutory instrument to ban the usage of dollar in pricing and buying of goods and services if traders continue trading in the foreign currency.
He said it is not being patriotic to charge people in dollars because the legal tender for Zambia is the Kwacha.
â€œTraders need to be patriotic, nationalist and supportive to the economy of Zambia by trading in the Kwacha. But if people do not want to regulate themselves and decide to create their own laws, Government will be forced to re-introduce the statutory instrument to ban the usage of dollars in pricing and buying,â€ he said.
MUNIDE ZULU, Lusaka