Orphanage CEOs warned against abusing funds


Government has warned Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of orphanages and other institutions looking after children against abusing funds meant for uplifting the welfare of children.


Gender and Child Development Minister Inonge Wina said government was disturbed by selfish CEOs who were entrusted with the responsibility of looking after the vulnerable children.


Ms. Wina said institutional homes are meant for training and rehabilitating vulnerable children so that they grow into responsible adults.


The minister, who was accompanied by Director for Child Affairs John Zulu and senior officials under her ministry, said this shortly after she toured SOS village in Lusaka today.


She observed that children originate from different backgrounds hence the need for CEOs to desist from abusing the public resources.


She was however happy that management at SOS Children’s Village has lived to its mandate of nurturing the children in a proper manner.


Ms. disclosed that her ministry, working with other line ministries, would monitor the activities of orphanages so that the future of children at these centres remains bright.


And speaking earlier, Village SOS national director Bwalya Melu regretted that most parents and guardians in the country have allegedly abandoned their children and opted to take them to orphanages.


Mr. Melu said 60 percent of children are denied access to education because they are disowned by their parents and guardians.


He however, commended government for the funding his institution.