NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has called on stakeholders to contribute generously towards the transformation of highway markets into modern integrated economic hubs.
Mrs Wina said the costs of building these markets countrywide are high hence the need for concerted efforts to realise the vision.
She was speaking in Lusaka on Friday during a fundraising dinner for the construction of the trading places.
â€œIt is a fact that the majority of us gathered here have passed and used the services of the highway markets across the country like Mwanamainda, which is ready to be constructed, Kanakantapa, Namugomba, Batoka and John Chinena, which is also ready to be constructed,â€ she said.
Mrs Wina said the markets have stalls and stands that are haphazardly constructed lacking facilities such as clean and safe water, health services, and proper sanitation among others.
She said it is against this background that when she was appointed Vice President she took advantage of the opportunity to initiate and present to cabinet the initiative meant to transform the markets into show-pieces attracting local and international visitors.
Mrs Wina is pleased that Cabinet accepted and endorsed the programme to establish the Jubilee Womenâ€™s Road Side Initiative through the public, private partnership (PPP) approach.
And Jubilee Womenâ€™s Integrated Highway Markets chairperson Gladys Mutukwa said women marketeers are grateful for the Vice Presidentâ€™s initiative to give them modern markets with facilities.
Mrs Mutukwa said the initiative will bring dignity to the women who have been trading in hazardous and unhygienic conditions.
â€œWe are grateful that we have a Vice President who is looking beyond the produce being sold to the needs of the women traders,â€ she said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Community Development and Social Welfare Emerine Kabanshi said that women do a lot but their labour is not recognised.
Ms Kabanshi also said the establishment of the Jubilee highway market initiative will add value to the products sold by the traders thereby making their goods sought after.
The Jubilee Highway Market Programme, an initiative meant to transform current highway markets into modern economic hubs, was launched this year in Chibombo district by Mrs Wina.
NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka