BRE happy with social cash transfer program

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The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) in Lukulu district is happy with government programmes aimed at alleviating poverty levels in the country through the cash transfer scheme program.

Induna Andisha says Namayula BRE Kuta has welcomed this program but said government and stakeholders have a mammoth task to sustain it.

Representing Chief Anang’anga, Induna Andisha said government should continue working closely with traditional leaders if such programs are to reach the intended people.

The traditional leader has since urged the beneficiaries to own the program and come up with tangible income generating activities so that once weaned out of program, they will be able to continue looking after their households.

He was speaking yesterday at Namayula Kuta when Senior Provincial Social Welfare Officer, Nicolas Goma, accompanied Provincial Deputy Permanent Secretary, Mwangala Liomba, Lukulu District Commissioner, Precious Muyenga and District Social Welfare Officer for Mitete and Lukulu districts called on him on a sensitization program of the cash transfer scheme program.

And Mr Goma said government came up with the program in order to find more sustainable ways of helping to reduce poverty levels through income support where beneficiaries engage in income generating activities.

He disclosed that an independent research from Kalabo, Shangombo and Kaputa districts reveals that poverty levels have reduced by 5.6 percent.

The Cash Transfer Scheme under the Department of Social Welfare was introduced in Zambia ten years ago in Kaputa and has since been scaled up in all the provinces.