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First Lady’s commitment cheers chieftainess Waitwika

MAPALO LUPUPA, Nakonde
CHIEFTAINESS Waitwika of the Namwanga people of Nakonde is impressed with the First Lady Esther Lungu’s commitment to addressing challenges faced by the underprivileged in society.
Chieftaness Waitwika, speaking when Mrs Lungu paid a courtesy call on her yesterday, commended the First Lady for helping the poor, including the disabled and vulnerable children.
Mrs Lungu was accompanied to the palace by deputy Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Josephine Limata, Muchinga Province permanent secretary Bright Nundwe and Nakonde member of Parliament Abel Sichula.
The traditional leader said Mrs Lungu’s commitment to uplifting lives of the disadvantaged will benefit many people in her chiefdom.
“People in rural areas, mostly women, need help because they face various challenges in raising sufficient capital to finance their businesses,” Chieftainess Waitwika said.
The chieftainess also applauded Government for the early delivery of farming inputs under the farmer input support programme. She said it was her prayer that farming inputs are delivered before the onset of rains and this is exactly what is happening.
And Mrs Lungu pledged K5,000 to help sustain the activities of women clubs in the area.
She pledged to work with the women in their desire to acquire survival skills to alleviate poverty and addressing other challenges in society.
“This programme will help boost our local economy and indeed Zambia as a whole,” Mrs Lungu said.
The First Lady also called for a spirited fight against early pregnancies and child marriage to allow girls complete school and realise their utmost potential in life.

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