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5,000 bags relief food delivered to Lundazi

GOVERNMENT has released over 5,000 bags of relief food to three hunger- stricken villages in Lundazi district in Eastern Province.
Lundazi district commissioner Janet Palukani said the food will be distributed in Mwanya, Kazembe and Chitungulu villages.
Ms Palukani said this recently when Ministry of Gender assistant director for women empowerment Martha Mwitumwa paid a courtesy call on her at her office.
She said the three villages in the valley are in a game management area that is permanently prone to hunger because of the bad terrain and tse-tse flies.
They have a population of 365,000 and the area is about 120 kilometres from the administrative centre of the district.
“There is completely no food in the area. People can hardly have a meal and, as Government, we thought we should start by giving them maize,” Ms Palukani said.
She said illegal poaching, illicit activities such as kachasu drinking and child marriages are high in the three villages.
“Some NGOs working in the three villages are even planning to withdrawal their services due to the challenges outlined above,”she said.
Ms Palukani urged Government to introduce income-generating activities such as farming to help women and youth become financially independent.
And Ms Mwitumwa has urged the DC to help identify programmes which will sustain women and youth in the area.
She said the ministry, through the Agricultural Development Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE), has embarked on empowering women in rural areas.
The ADVANCE project was last week launched by Minister of Gender Nkandu Luo in Lukulu district, Western Province.
“Let women identify projects to sustain their lives. The ministry is ready to buy equipment and all necessary incentives for value addition for their projects,” Ms Mwitumwa said.
She said Government has stopped giving money to women clubs as most of them were failing to manage the resources.
Ms Mwitumwa said most of the beneficiary clubs have not been using the money for the intended purpose.