2)–State salutes NGOs for GBV awareness

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State salutes NGOs for GBV awareness
Chipata,  March 11, 2013, ZANIS… Government has commended Non
Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and the church for scaling up
efforts to sensitize the masses on the need to report all forms of
abuse to relevant authorities for action.

Eastern Provincial Minister, Malozo Sichone stated that the efforts
put in place by well meaning Zambians to combat all forms of abuse
would protect women and give them back their freedom.

 This was in a speech read for him by deputy permanent secretary Zachariah Luhanga

said over the weekend during a stakeholders church service for women’s day.

Mr Sichone also praised the church for coming up with the initiative
of holding the service to raise awareness on the importance of both
gender living in harmony and complement each other’s roles.

The Provincial Minister also encouraged the church and other
stakeholders to support women’s programmes that would assist women
become economically independent as some abuses emanate from the lack
of economic independence .

Meanwhile, Zambia Anglican Council Director Grace Phiri said most cases of
Gender based Violence happened  in the night.

Mrs Phiri stated that there was need for concerted efforts to fight
the abuses because people involved were part of the church hence the
need for sensitization to be conducted in church with continuous
efforts of eliminate the vice.




Soya bean chain cluster a step in the right direction DC

Mansa, March 11, 2013, ZANIS —— Mansa District Commissioner Miriam Kauseni has welcomed plans by the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission to create a soya bean value chain cluster in the area as a step in right direction.

The district commissioner says Mansa has great potential in agriculture due to the abundant rainfall it receives combined with the arable land which she said will contribute significantly to the successful implementation of the project.

Mrs Kauseni says the soya bean value chain cluster in Mansa District will succeed because many people are already actively engaged in the poultry business but the demand for poultry products is far from being attained.

She added that the coming of the project will help address the needs for stock feed in the poultry business in the district which has in the past been sourced from outside Mansa.   

ZANIS reports that the district commissioner said this in a speech read for her by acting Mansa district administrative officer Evans Sikabbuba at an orientation meeting on the New Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission strategies in Mansa today.

She said the coming of the soya bean value chain cluster will help reduce the demand for subsidized fertilizers as many people are likely to shift from growing maize to soya bean.

And speaking at the same meeting Citizens Economic Empowerment commission (CEEC) Director General Likando Mukumbuta said the institution is determined to implement the rural industrialization policy throughout the country.

 He said the commission under this policy will begin the implementation with three districts in each province.

The Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission is in Luapula province to orient business houses on the new strategy.