By CHATULA KANGALI –
THE Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA) has called on Government to increase funding and skills development to statutory bodies mandated to protect consumers.
ZACA executive Director Samuel Simutunda said in an interview that there was need for statutory bodies to have more funding and man power for executing their duties.
Mr Simutunda said statutory bodies such as the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), Consumer Competition Protection Commission (CCPC) and the Zambia Weight and Measures Agency (ZWMA) needed more fund allocation and man power.
He said the association wants more consumers to be reached out and protected from exploitation and substandard goods.
“We want Government increase funding in these statutory body that protect consumers, consumers have suffered exploitation. More funds should be allocated in order to allow them reach out to all parts of the country,” he said.
Mr Simutunda said the association was concerned with the increasing number of substandard products which were sold to consumers around the country.
He said ZABS needed more funds and man power to carry out inspection of goods which are sold to consumers.
Mr Simutunda said CCPC was playing a great role in protecting consumers from unfair pricing of goods and services and that there was need for the commission to reach out even to the remotest part of the country.
He observed that the sale of underweight products was every where and that ZWMA needed to expedite its inspection and bring more culprits to book.
Mr Simutunda further expressed disappointment on the recent reports were loaves of underweight bread were confiscated from a chain store in Ndola.