CABINET has resolved to reverse the recent increased fees and fines for traffic offences because the general citizenry had protested against the increase.
And Government has proposed the establishment of Jubilee Women’s Roadside Markets Programme across the country which would have immediate and direct economic impact on the lives of the people that would be operating in the areas.
At its 21st Cabinet meeting, Government decided that it would review the penalty fee charges for various traffic offences with the view of reinstating the old fines.
Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Chishimba Kambwili said Government had listened to the cries and complaints from the general public and was willing to maintain the status quo in the fines and penalties for traffic offences. Mr Kambwili said Government had requested for a list of all traffic penalties with the view of revising them and that Cabinet would be able to deliberate on the fees at its next meeting.
And Government has proposed the establishment of Jubilee Women’s Roadside Markets across the country to stimulate the socio-economic transformation.
Mr Kambwili told journalists yesterday that the Jubilee Women’s Roadside Market programme would lead to job creation, women empowerment and ultimately lead to poverty reduction.
“Since the markets will be managed as cooperatives, this programme can contribute to stimulating the socio-economic transformation of the roadside markets leading to job and wealth creation, empowerment of the people especially women and their communities and ultimately leading to poverty reduction. These markets shall be accompanied by other support services such as health, education, garbage collection and water and sanitation,” Mr Kambwili said.
Cabinet also approved the Gender Equity and Equality Bill for presentation to Parliament during its current sitting which would among other things establish the Gender Equity and Equality Commission.
Mr Kambwili said Zambia was a State Party to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Protocol to African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (ACHPR) as well as the SADC protocol on Gender and Development and was therefore obliged to realise the equality between men and women.
Mr Kambwili said Cabinet had also approved the appointment of the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) board members as well as the board members for Zambia National Building Society. Cabinet further approved the hosting of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council Secretariat (ECOSOC) of the African Union in Zambia away from the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to enhance its independence and legitimacy apart from augmenting its ability to perform its functions effectively.