–Three more Patriotic Front civic leaders in Kawambwa district in Luapula Province have joined calls for the government to involve councillors in the implementation of the Social Cash Transfer programme.
The civic leaders are Simon Mwansa, Henry Mwila and Wellington Mwewa of Luongo, Kawambwa and Luena wards respectively.
The trio made the call in separate interviews with ZANIS in Kawambwa.
They alleged that the Social Welfare Department was giving the money to people that were illegible and not supposed to benefit because councillors are not involved in the programme.
The councillors said there are many complaints in their areas over the disbursement of the social cash transfer as some of them are not supposed to receive the money.
However, they explain that the government’s move to introduce the social cash transfer programme was to help those in need but that the funds are being given even to the people that do not have problems in their livelihood.
According to the civic leaders, it is difficult for them to intervene in the matter because they do not have any idea as they are do not know anything about the social cash transfer programme due to non–involvement.
They said it is important that government consider involving councillors in the implementation of the social cash transfer because they know the people who can benefit from the programme better since they stay with them.
District Social Welfare Officer, Bright Chileya, could not be reached for comment as he was reported to be in Ndola attending a workshop.
Recently, Kawambwa’s PF Kabanse ward councillor, Collins Chola, also complained over his non-involvement in the implementation of the social cash transfer.
Mr Chola said there are numerous complaints from community members in his ward about the social cash transfers and called upon the government to involve councillors in the programme.