Community Development, Mother and Child Health minister , Emerine Kabanshi,
Community Development, Mother and Child Health minister , Emerine

MINISTER of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Emerine Kabanshi says Government intends to increase beneficiaries of the social cash transfer scheme to two million people from the current 148,000.

Ms Kabanshi said in an interview on Tuesday that Government intends to increase the beneficiaries to ensure that more vulnerable people across the country benefit from the scheme.

“Currently, we have 148,000 people in 50 districts across the country receiving K70 on a monthly basis,” Ms Kabanshi said

And Government says it is determined to ensure that poverty levels reduce in all parts of the country especially among the women folk who are the most vulnerable in society.

Community Development, Mother and Child Health Minister Emerine Kabanshi says government has the welfare of women at heart as they are also cardinal to national development.

Ms Kabashi was speaking at Community Grounds in Mongu District of Western Province today when she addressed different women empowered groups under the Social Cash Transfer Program.

The Minister explained that the Social Cash Transfer Program is aimed at uplifting the living standard of women so that they are able to fend for themselves and their families adding that the program has changed many lives of people in the province.

Meanwhile, Ms Kabanshi disclosed that government’s decision to scale up the Food Security Pack from 2,000 beneficiaries in 2011 to 4,450 in 2014 is an indication of its commitment to reaching out to the people and meeting their needs.

She has since called on Social Welfare and Community Development officers in the district to work hard and make a difference in people’s lives as change should be seen at the grass root level.

Ms Kabanshi however urged the officers to be inclusive in the manner they are giving out funds in order to ensure that all vulnerable persons benefit from government’s program.

And speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries Penlope Mukelabai thanked government for responding to the cry of the women as they no longer depend on men for survival and are able to sponsor their children in school.

The Minister is on tour of the Western province to inspect the beneficiaries of the Social Cash Transfer Program and is scheduled to visit Senanga, Mulobezi and Sesheke districts.

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  1. Mrs Kabanshi, your can!t increase the number of beneficiaries and say the economy is doing well! In simple terms in economics, increasing the spectrum means the policies are hurting a lot of people. You need to make people work rather than offer ”free” money! The value of the money diminishes people’s dignity! For me unless someone is unable to work due to illness (physical or mental), we cannot sustain such a policy. Making roads, planting trees, cleaning up the environment will sustain us better than dishing out money in a small economy such as ours! But then PF has concentrated on making roads until the money run out and the architect passed on!


    • Increasing the expenditure, when Europe is trimming the welfare bill and getting people back to work, we do the opposite. If EL and his entire Gov took pay cuts, we could get more people on welfare.


  2. Wow! A good move.
    At last, Zambia will become a part of BRICKSZ!!!


  3. Any serious govt would not give out free money – peanuts ( K70 = about €10) as a way of reducing poverty.


  4. A noble aim. But the challenge with such programs is identifying the eligible recipients. GRZ should make sure that the funds are going to the correct beneficiaries and not party functionaries. Maybe they can consider going India’s way by collecting biometric information of the eligible recipients and opening accounts for them where the funds will be directly credited. This will cut down on fraud and misapplication of funds. In future however, GRZ must aim to reduce the number of recipients rather than increasing it as this is not a measure of progress but a confirmation of the failure of economic policies that fail to lift people out of poverty!



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