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UPND bemoans empowerment programmes    in  Maninga constituency

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Kaoma, July 26th, 2014, ZANIS — The opposition UPND in Kaoma district of Western Province says it is concerned with the empowerment programmes being undertaken in Mangango Constituency ahead of the August 19 parliamentary by-election.

 

 

But  Western Province minister Richwell Siamunene says government will not be deterred from executing its functions in any part of the province and the country as a whole.

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UPND assistant campaign manager for the Mangango by-election, Kenny Ndumba, says the distribution of empowerment inputs such as shovels and picks to the youths in Chilombo area in Shikombwe Ward in Mangango constituency is tantamount to corruption.

 

 

Mr Ndumba said whilst the UPND appreciates poverty alleviation packages through empowerment programmes, it was dismayed that such donations in Mangango constituency were happening when ahead of the by-election.

 

 

 

 

But  Western Province minister Richwell Siamunene says government will not be deterred from executing its functions in any part of the province and the country as a whole.

 

 

Mr. Siamunene said government will not be derailed from its duties of governing in the area  just because there is a by-election as doing so would be detrimental to its national development aspirations.

 

 

He said the UPND’s assertions are unfounded as the empowerment programmes in Mangango constituency are part of  government’s broader poverty mitigation strategies being undertaken in Western Province and other parts of the country.

 

 

He said the by-elections in Mangango constituency should not halt the implementation of the on-going government programmes as such undertakings are meant to cushion the poverty burden amongst the masses regardless of their political affiliation.

 

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