BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
GOVERNMENT plans to increase the number of beneficiaries on the social cash transfer (SCT) programme in Kabompo district in North-Western Province from the current 1,080 to 3,628 households before the end of this year.
Minister of Community Development and Social Services Emerine Kabanshi said the addition of 2,548 beneficiaries will translate into 21,768 people benefitting from the programme in the district.
Ms Kabanshi was speaking when she graced this year’s Kazanga traditional ceremony of Chief Kang’ombe of the Nkoya people held in the district at the weekend.
“As Government, we are going to increase the number of beneficiaries on the social cash transfer programme here in Kabompo from the current 1,080 beneficiaries to 3,628 beneficiary households by the end of the year,” she said.
Ms Kabanshi said Government will be releasing about K700,020 every two months to the district to be disbursed to beneficiaries.
She hoped the support will help boost economic activities in the area.
Ms Kabanshi said Government, under the leadership of President Lungu, has put in place measures aimed at curbing early marriages through social protection programmes.
She said the SCT scheme is one of the programmes whose main objective is to reduce the inter-generational transfer of poverty, especially in the rural parts of the country such as Kabompo.
Speaking earlier, Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo said Parliament will soon come up with a law to criminalise child marriages in Zambia.
Professor Luo said Government has taken child marriages seriously because the scourge denies opportunities to young girls to get an education and be empowered.
She said Government will continue to engage traditional leaders in the fight against child marriages and gender-based violence (GBV) in communities.
And Kazanga traditional ceremony organising committee chairperson Charles Kandende urged Government to continue supporting traditional ceremonies because they are important avenues for uniting the people through cultural values.