President Michael Sata has directed Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Emerine Kabanshi to revamp social welfare societies in the country.
President Sata noted with regret that social welfare societies were currently non-existence and wondered what the Ministry of Community Development was doing about it.
He said this when he swore in newly appointed Community Development Deputy Minister Ingrid Mphande at State House on March 27th.
Mrs. Mphande replaces Jean Kapata who has since been elevated to a full cabinet portfolio as Minister of Tourism and Arts.
The President recalled that when he was a young man, Europeans had set up welfare associations even in the villages.
He further stated that when he was Governor of Lusaka, he and his team provided welfare in practically every township which he said were still there but ‘dead’.
“When I was Governor of Lusaka, we provided welfare in practically every township. They are there but they are dead. What are you doing? But am giving you this woman (Ingrid Mphande), she represents a rural constituency. Can we revamp those welfare halls,” the President said.
And speaking to journalists in an interview, Mrs. Mphande said she was humbled and thankful to President Sata for appointing her to serve in his government.
She pledged to execute her duties diligently and in the most effective manner saying she will do everything possible to ensure women were empowered in order to take them to a level that was socially acceptable.
Mrs. Mphande also pledged to uplift the welfare of all vulnerable people in communities to bring them to the standard that were good and conducive.