Defence force has employed 3,567 youths – GBM

former DEFENCE Minister Geoffrey Mwamba
DEFENCE Minister Geoffrey Mwamba has told Parliament that his ministry has employed 3, 567 youths from the time the Patriotic Front Government came to power in 2011.

Mr Mwamba said this when he contributed to President Michael Sata’s speech delivered to Parliament during the recent official opening of the third session of the 11th  National Assembly.

He said the President’s speech was well-elaborated and brought out a number of policy issues which his ministry had embarked on and contributed to the development and wellbeing of the Zambian people.

 He said besides the 3,567 civilian and uniformed youths that his ministry had employed, the Zambia National Service (ZNS) was training 550 youths in various training camps to empower them with vocational training skills.

Land, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Harry Kalaba in contributing to the speech reiterated that there was no discrimination in offering of land to citizens.

He said Government was in the process of reviewing the land Policy of 1985 which was enacted by the MMd government.

MMD Mumbwa Member of Parliament (MP) Brian Chituwo also commended what he termed as the good pronouncements and directions in the Presidential speech.

Dr Chituwo, however, challenged Government ministers to ensure they implemented the pronouncements for the benefit of the people.

And Government spends K3, 397, 460 every month to provide power through diesel generators in five districts in North-Western Province.

Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma, however, noted that Government was in the process of connecting the Province to the national grid to reduce on the costs being incurred to provide electricity to the region.

The minister said this in response to a question raised by United Party for National Development (UPND) Mwinilunga MP Stephen Katuka who wanted to know how much Government was spending per month to run the diesel generators in Mwinilunga, Kabompo, Zambezi, Chavuma and Mufumbwe.