Luanshya District Commissioner Harold Mbaulu says government holds the church in high esteem as a partner in upholding social protection in the country.
Mr Mbaulu commended the church for its contribution in alleviating poverty and uplifting living standards of the aged and underprivileged in society through the provision of social and economic needs.
“Government cannot go it all alone, we are happy to partner with the church and other stake holders in ensuring that health, economic and social protection issues such as food and shelter for the aged, orphans and underprivileged in society are met,” he said.
He was speaking in Luanshya yesterday when he witnessed a donation of assorted food items valued at K1, 440 by the Lions club of Luanshya to Chibote old people’s home in Walale Township.
Mr Mbaulu said government prioritizes the welfare of all Zambian and has since put social protection on its top agenda for national development.
The District Commissioner reiterated government’s commitment in improving the living standards of the people saying it has put in place favourable and sustainable social protection policies such as the social cash transfer.
Mr Mbaulu said Luanshya district has implemented the social cash transfer scheme and was still in the process of identifying people to benefit from the scheme.
He further commended the Lions club of Luanshya for the gesture, saying government appreciates private sector partnership in development.
And Chibote home for the aged Sister in Charge, Sabina Mwamba appealed for increased financial and moral support to the home both from government and other stakeholders.
Sister Mwamba said the home was currently challenged with the provision of proper sanitary facilities, calling on the cooperate world to came to the aid of the institution by building modern toilets and bathroom.
And Monica Matani, an 84 year old woman who has lived at the facility since 1995, appealed to government to electrify the institution.
Chibote home for the aged was established in 1989 and is currently housing 17 senior citizens.