PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) national youth chairperson Stephen Kampyongo has completed the disbursement of youth empowerment funds amounting to K525,000 which were raised from the ‘Meet the President’ dinner gala early this year to all seven constituencies in Lusaka Province.
Mr Kampyongo, who is Minister of Home Affairs, wrapped up the exercise with Kabwata and Lusaka Central constituencies, which received K75,000 each yesterday, to the excitement of the members.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Mr Kampyongo said youth empowerment is vital for any economy to thrive.
“We want to ensure that our young people are useful and responsible by empowering them with these funds. We cannot afford to provide white-collar jobs to all of them but we can empower them with start-up capital to help them grow viable businesses that will improve their livelihood,” he said.
Mr Kampyongo said Government is aware of the challenges that the youth are facing and is putting in place various initiatives to improve their living standards.
He said the empowerment funds will be rolled out to all parts of the country so that all the 10 provinces benefit.
Mr Kampyongo urged the youth to take up the responsibility of ensuring the country’s peace and security are upheld.
He also warned unscrupulous people that are using social media to defame President Lungu that the law “will soon visit them”.
Mr Kampyongo advised the youth to avoid indulging in activities that may hinder them from contributing to national development.
And Kabwata member of Parliament (MP) Given Lubinda urged the youth to invest the money in viable businesses to contribute to national development.