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Local Government and Housing Minister Vincent Mwale has announced that the Chamber of Mines will finance the construction of the modernized Chisokone Market.

Addressing representatives of Chisokone Market traders on Sunday at Kitwe Council Chamber to discuss plans by Government to modernise the facility, Mr Mwale said the Chamber of Mines will provide a grant for the project.

He also declared that the current marketeers occupying the shops at Chisokone will be empowered after construction to own the new shops.

Mr Mwale added that the construction of the modern Market at Chisokone will be done in phases so that trading is not affected

The Local Government and Housing Minister has since urged the Kitwe City Council to identify proposals for temporal trading facilities for each phase.

He reiterated that Chisokone market has not been sold to any local or foreign investor adding that the source of finance for the construction of the market will be a grant from the Chamber of Mines.

Mr Mwale said m consultations will be made to draw up a roadmap of managing the whole process.