— Government through the department of community development has given grants meant for poverty reduction to 21 women clubs and associations in Mbala worth over K168, 000.
And Mbala District Commissioner, Best Kabulembe has cautioned women clubs and associations against the misuse of such funds as government would not hesitate to prosecute them.
Speaking during the handing over of cheques to 21 women clubs and associations at Grasshopper hall, Mr Kabulembe urged the beneficiaries to use the grants wisely to improve their socio-economic status.
He also urged the recipients of the grants to maintain proper records of accounts and be transparent in the manner they deal with public resources.
He said government was committed to address social and economic challenges especially for women through such empowerment that aims at increasing food security and incomes at household levels.
And Mbala District Women Association Chairperson, Albertina Kapumfi thanked the PF government for decentralizing the women empowerment funds to districts saying the move will enable more women access the funds to improve their living conditions.
Ms Kapumfi also called for standardizing the rules and conditions for women empowerment funds which she said were not the same for each district.
She advised the women groups to work extra hard to win government trust to release more grants to women clubs and associations in the district.
The grants given to the 21 women clubs and associations are meant for poultry, farming, block making and keeping domestic animals in seven wards.