Some Lusaka based small and medium scale entrepreneurs (SMEs) have called on government through the Ministry of Mines and Energy to consider adjusting the prices of fuel downwards to allow them stay in busines, arguing that the current fuel and load shedding crisis will send small scale businesspeople into oblivion. SOME Lusaka based Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs (SMEs) have called on government through the Ministry of Mines and Energy to consider adjusting the prices of fuel downwards to allow them stay in business.
The entrepreneurs complained that increasing the cost of fuel when the country is currently grappling with challenges of load shedding is a blow to most small scale businesses.
A barbershop proprietor in the Central Business Unit (CBD) Lincoln Mwalwa said there is need for government to create an enabling business environment adding that such can only be achieved if the prices of fuel are adjusted downwards.
Mr. Mwamba, who uses a generator as an alternative source of electricity during load shedding told the Lusaka Star that it is difficult for him to work using gen-set power as it is not very effective and costly.
“When ZESCO increased the number of hours for load shedding, some of us started using generators in order to keep our businesses running. But now the high cost of fuel will force us to increase prices for the goods and services that we provide. However, it is important to note that it is not everyone who can afford to purchase generators because they are expensive. Government should therefore consider reducing tax on imported equipment such as generators,’’ he said.
And a welder at Kalingalinga market Chanda Chungu said there is need for government to arrest the increased fuel prices and electricity load shedding as soon as possible.
“I have three children whom I need to pay their school feels as well as feed them … and my only means of income comes from my welding shop which requires the use of electricity every day to operate. Hence, increased load shedding hours will mean less working time and less income for me."
“The economy of the country cannot grow without taking into consideration the important role that SMEs play in economic development. Looking at the current situation, the government should help small scale businessmen and women by providing them with soft loans,” Mr. Chungu explained.
Meanwhile, a Lusaka businessman of Chipata compound Sunday Sinyangwe said in a telephone interview that the current fuel and load shedding crisis will send small scale businessmen and women into extinction.
“This trend might lead to hunger in the country if nothing is done to address the negative impact of load shedding and high fuel prices,” he said.
Mr. sinyangwe has since appealed to the government and other relevant stakeholders to find a long lasting solution to the problem.
ZANACO OPEN A THREE LEAD IN MTN/FAZ SUPER LEAGUE
Zanaco Football club has continued occupying first position on the MTN/FAZ Super league table after recording their third back to back victory with Real Nakonde being their latest casualties in Week 32 round of matches played between yesterday and Tuesday 24th October.
Zanaco’s Heritier Nkonko was first to find the back of the net for the bankers against Real in the 36th minute while a 69th minute second-half goal by Felix Nyaende condemned Real Nakonde to their 20th loss of the season.
Meanwhile, Second placed Green Buffaloes yesterday played to a zero zero stalemate with Lusaka Dynamos while Kitwe based Power dynamos on Tuesday managed to salvage a one all draw against their copperbelt rivals Zesco United.
And Nkana yesterday thrashed Nkwazi by two goals to zero in a thrilling match played at Nkana stadium with Striker Ronald Sate Sate Kampamba scoring in the 26th minute through a Harrison Chisala assist.
Nkana continued to search for a second goal and their efforts were rewarded as left back Dieugo Apanane's ferocious goal from a free kick in the 85th minute pushed the Kitwe based to fourth position on the table.
This means Zanaco still seat in first position with 60 points from 32 games played while Green Buffaloes trail the bankers in second place with 57 points from 32 games.
Zesco united are in third position with 56 points and two games in hand while Nkana occupy fourth position on 55 points after 32 games played.
At the bottom of the table in relegation waters is City of Lusaka seating on 20th position after recording their 24th loss of the season from 31 games, while Mufulira Wanderers, Konkola Blades and Real Nakonde occupy 17th, 18th, and 19th positions respectively.
THE FAZ/MTN SUPER LEAGUE TABLE AFTER WEEK 32 ROUND OF MATCHES
WEEK 32 FULL RESULTS
Zesco 1-1 Power Dynamos
Lumwana Radiants 0-1 Napsa Stars
Nkana 2-0 Nkwazi
Zanaco 2-0 Real Nakonde
Konkola Blades 1-2 Red Arrows
Mufulira Wanderers 0-0 Choma Eagles
Nchanga Rangers 1-0 Buildcon
Green Buffaloes 0-0 Lusaka Dynamos
City of Lusaka 0-1 Kabwe Warriors
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