Continued MoMo Booths removal dismayed

 Continued MoMo Booths removal dismayed

Women Aiding Women is saddened by continued removal of mobile money booths by the local authority without having dialogue with the affected agents.

Women Aiding Women Founder Nsama Kearns said the exercise which started in Lusaka has spread to other parts of the country without the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development providing a road map for those affected.

Ms Kearns said Government through various empowerment projects including the newly established Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises should be in the forefront of sustaining these businesses.

She was reacting to what happened recently in Choma were a pregnant woman climbed a council van in protest to save her phone booth.

Ms Kearns said the Local Authority should come up with a plan that will enable the mobile money agents to sustain their businesses and operate in a safe environment.

She said these women and young girls have chosen to take legal paths to sustain their livelihoods.

“There is urgent need to unionize the informal sector so that businesses can be more secure and the affected can have representation which will also help to build their social security, as per ILO recommendation.

“It is our sincere hope to partner with Government to build capacities of women to conduct viable businesses that will contribute to poverty reduction, community and national development,” she said.

Alice Nachilembe

Alice Nachilembe is a Journalist who yearns for a better country with leaders being accountable to their mandate without oppressing the governed.