SANFROSSA MANYINDA writes
FOUR market shelters that were under construction are ready to be commissioned in Chingola district.
The shelters are at Mupopo, Kubota, Chilemba and Kabundi East markets.
Chingola Municipal Council Director of Housing and Social Services, Tilyenji Mwanza, said the markets were a part of Chingola’s urbanization and modernization plan.
The council had embarked on a cleaning exercise in the market shelters in readiness for commissioning.
Ms Mwanza said the markets could be easily accessed because the roads leading to the trading sites had been upgraded.
The market shelters had been built along with new toilets.
According to Ms Mwanza, Mupopopo market shelter will house about 60 traders and had been built using Constituency Development Funds (CDF) at a cost of K309 540.
Kubota Market shelter with similar spacing, a new toilet has also been built from CDF.
Ms Mwanza said that the council would ensure that shelters accommodate all the traders.
She said Chilemba Market was now the largest single shelter market on the Copperbelt built at a cost of K2million and will house over 500 marketeers.
“The Local Government Equalisation Fund was established under Article 163 (1) of the Constitution of Zambia as amended by Act No. 2 of 2016. The Fund was operationalised in 2015 following the enactment of the Local Government (amendment) Act, No. 12 of 2014.
“The government of the Republic of Zambia established the Local Government Equalisation Fund, to which each year parliament appropriates not less than 5% of the total amount of projected income taxes collected for the republic for that financial year. The purpose of the fund is to provide a source of financing for service delivery,” she said
She explained that Kabundi East Market was built from locally generated funds at a cost of K416, 019 and added that markets had been finished with terrazzo, fluorescent fitting and running water.
She said the council had also placed skip bins in the markets for easy collection of garbage and has urged marketeers to avoid indiscriminate dumping of waste.