Sata forbids telling lies – Kazunga
Livingstone, Feb 11/13, ZANIS———-Community Development, Mother and Child Health Deputy Minister, Dorothy Kazunga, says President Michael Sata forbids his ministers from telling lies as they are instructed to pledge only what government can deliver to the people.
Mrs Kazunga says the Patriotic Front (PF) manifesto was pro-poor and as such President Sata implored his ministers to desist from making empty promises but focus on pledging what government could deliver to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable in the country.
She said this over the weekend when she visited women’s clubs Empowerment Projects at Nakatindi Community School.
Meanwhile, Mrs Kazunga challenged women in the tourist capital not to be idle and wait for government to do everything for them as this was detrimental to development.
“Do not be idle and wait for government to do everything for you as this is detrimental to development. At least make an effort to raise funds for registration of your clubs because, as government, we want you to have a sense of ownership in your respective clubs,” she said.
She urged the women to be organized and register their clubs as government had now increased grants to women’s clubs from KR2, 000 to KR10, 000 while associations would now be receiving up to KR30, 000.
Mrs Kazunga said this was because President Sata wanted government to empower vulnerable Zambians as the previous rates were too meagre.
She also said measures had been put in place to ensure both newly registered and old clubs which did not benefit in the past, access empowerment funds from government.
Mrs Kazunga directed community development officers to sort out all bottlenecks that were preventing women’s clubs from accessing funds as government was in a hurry to empower vulnerable women in the country.
“I am directing my officers to ensure all issues of registration certificates and other bottlenecks are sorted out so that funds are released as we want to work fast,” she said.
And Nakatindi Community Chairman, Kennedy Sikute, commended government for the measures it had put in place to uplift the living standards of women.
Mr Sikute, however, called on government to construct a clinic in Nakatindi community as the nearest health facility, which handled serious incidents like maternity cases, was about five kilometres away.
He said expectant mothers were facing numerous challenges which needed government’s intervention if unnecessary deaths were to be prevented.
Earlier, Community Development, Mother and Child Health Deputy Minister, Dorothy Kazunga, failed to visit Nkotuli Women’s Club, ten kilometers away from Livingstone town, as the Jack Mwanampapa Bridge was submerged in water leaving people on either side of the bridge stranded.