PLANS FOR CHI­NESE BUS FIRM RE­JECTED

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By MUYANI SHINJABALE

PLANS by Lusaka City Coun­cil (LCC) to bring in a Chi­nese cor­po­ra­tion to run a bus com­pany in Lusaka does not have the peo­ple’s in­ter­est at heart.

Youth in Ac­tion for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment (YASD) Pro­grams Man­ager, Zebedy Luk­wesa said the mayor’s state­ment to bring a Chi­nese bus com­pany to start op­er­at­ing in the city will make the youths suf­fer be­cause most of the bus ser­vices are of­fered by youths in the coun­try.

He said there was need for full con­sul­ta­tion and in­volve­ment of all stake­hold­ers be­cause most bus op­er­a­tors feed their fam­i­lies through the lit­tle they earn from driv­ing buses.

“As YASD, we are against the mayor’s state­ment to bring in a for­eign bus com­pany be­cause this will leave our youths out of busi­ness and make it hard for them to pro­vide food and other ba­sic needs for their fam­i­lies.

They should ad­vice the al­ready ex­ist­ing bus com­pa­nies on im­prove­ments that would be made to ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently serve the peo­ple in­stead of bring­ing in for­eign com­pa­nies,” said Mr Luk­wesa.

He said LLC should fo­cus on em­pow­er­ing the Zam­bian youths to pro­mote en­trepreneur­ship and self-suf­fi­ciency in to­day’s youth by of­fer­ing small loans to im­prove, es­tab­lish and pur­chase new buses.

“Gov­ern­ment keeps talk­ing about re­duc­ing poverty un­der the Sev­enth Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan but keeps do­ing the op­po­site to achieve the laid out goals, it might think it is help­ing our coun­try at­tain a much mod­ern out­look when in­stead, it is just ru­in­ing the lives of its own cit­i­zens,” he lamented.

Mr Luk­wesa there­fore, he urged the gov­ern­ment through the Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Honourable Vin­cent Mwale to stop LCC from go­ing ahead with their plans.

Mr Mwale

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