Sunday, January 06, 2013

(LUSAKATIMES) Bob Sichinga bans cooperatives, associations and unions that were formed along political lines

Bob Sichinga bans cooperatives, associations and unions that were formed along political lines
Time Posted: January 6, 2013 12:37 pm

Government has banned cooperatives, associations and unions in Mafinga district that were formed and operating on political lines.

Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Bob Sichinga, announced the development yesterday when he addressed the business community in Muyombe and Thendere in Muchinga Province.

The minister stated that government will not support any business association, union or corporative which were formed or are affiliated to a political party.

Mr Sichinga noted that most clubs and co-operatives in Mafinga were not genuine as they were formed by cadres to get funded at the expense of the vulnerable people who need aid.

He said government’s decision to ban politically-motivated clubs and groupings is meant to fight corruption and bring sanity.

Mr Sichinga noted that government wants to work with clubs and groupings that are not motivated by political parties but genuine ones.

He charged that most clubs and associations were formed and run by political cadres to pilfer funds from government at the expense of the vulnerable Zambians who need aid.

Mr Sichinga advised the business community to form associations and register with Zambia Chamber of Small and Medium Business Association (ZACSMBA) so that they could operate legally and professionally.

He called on them to work with the government of the day to facilitate development in their areas and explained that government wanted to alleviate poverty by creating industries.

ZANIS

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