Mulenshi Ward Councilor of Mansa Municipal Council Yotham Mwansa has described the 81.1 per cent poverty ranking for Luapula Province as worrisome because it has the potential of reaching 100 per cent.

Mr. Mwansa expressed his worry during the Civil Society Poverty Observation Group, in partnership with the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction, and Consumer Unity and Trust Society public hearing meeting on social accountability at Chinuchi Lodge in Mansa.

He said Civil Society Organizations should start encouraging people to serious engage in productive strategies of reducing poverty at personal and household level as opposed to shifting the blame to institutions of government and local authorities.

The Civic leader said he is worried because the poverty figures for Luapula are ever on the increase and might reach 100 per cent if not checked through personal engagement in productive strategies that would improve individual economic welfare.

Mr. Mwansa said the culture of waiting for handouts from Government and other donor Institutions is not sustainable but individual engagement in productivity is the answer to reducing poverty levels in the province.

The Civic leader also expressed concern that many civil society organizations were not physically in the community but were just academic in their work without any tangible and positive impact in the community.

Mr. Mwansa invited all Civil Society Organizations and Non-governmental Organizations including Non-governmental individuals who were engaged in community programmes to visit him at Five Rose Guest House for serious and practical interaction on ways of reducing poverty in the province.

And Civil Society for Poverty Reduction Provincial Coordinator Hope Mwelaisha called for concerted efforts in the implementation of poverty reduction strategies in the province to maximize on the gains from all the sectors dealing with poverty reduction.

Ms. Mwelaisha said the worrisome poverty figures for the province can only be reversed when institutions, organizations and sector ministries dealing with poverty reduction strategies work together in changing the people’s mindsets towards work and productivity.

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    • How much did they pay Chinuchi? & now they go to pay Five Roses & expect to end poverty.
      Most zambians are hardworking but the few experts spend their time in lodges instead of helping these hardworking folks on how to turn their hardwork into wealth.
      Looks like the little education we have is actually a curse for our country.

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  1. So the worry is that the percentage will go to 100%. You’re da.mn right it will, dimwit! What shocks me always is that these speeches are made by people actually living where they express that shock and then they turn around and look to some cheap setup in Lusaka as well as other countries’ tax money in the form of NGOs to come to their aid. Utterly disgusting!

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  2. well said “engage in productive strategies of reducing poverty at personal and household level as opposed to shifting the blame to institutions of government and local authorities”

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  3. What is the basic purpose of religion?
    Religion is designed to focus the people’s attention and energy on a single, unchanging, uncompromising and invisible supreme being who allegedly created an inferior human race just for some extra companionship and love for himself and then supposedly foisted a set of oppressive and in some cases arbitrary rules on them, which if broken would be met with unimaginable punishment.

    This keeps the followers in a continuing state of fear and compliance.

    They are afraid to question the intentions of this invisible being and they are afraid of even expressing their own individuality in many cases. Christians and others are taught that they have virtually no power to do anything except pray, worship and do good deeds.

    They are…

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  4. Good for these useless chaps. The people you been voting for since 1991 have mansions in Lusaka and you are starving. Stop thinking tribe and stop being thieves. Try agriculture and hard work.

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  5. MWANSA AND HIS COUNTERPARTS MUST STOP MISLEADING THE PUBLIC BY MANUFACTURING THOSE STATISTICS. THERE’S NEVER BEEN SUCH PURPORTED POVERTY LEVELS IN LUAPULA SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THIS COUNTRY. FOR HIS INFO, LUAPULA IS THE ONLY PROVINCE IN ZAMBIA WHERE GOVT HAS NEVER DONATED FOOD! LET MWANSA ENJOY HIS SEMINAR ALLOWANCES OTHER THAN FOOLING THE PEOPLE OF LUAPULA. PEOPLE OF LUAPULA ARE ALWAYS HARD WORKING AND THE ONES FEEDING COPPER BELT. IT’S HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PROVINCE OF ABUNDANCE..

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  6. I tend to disagree with that ill informed councilor statement. I was born and spend the first of youth in Luapula province, my parents managed to grow enough food for home consumption and supply to copperbelt. All my siblings school fees were being raised through agricultural activities. never received government bursary. My parents continue having plent harvest till now and have never lacked anything. The province has the best soil for agriculture and receive suitable amount of rainfall. since childhood i never saw relief food coming to Luapula province. The province has been feeding part of DRC apart from copperbelt province. This is the first time i have heard of poverty being mentioned. I dont believe these unrepressntative statistics data. You can check for yourself with FRA stats…

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  7. we continue grappling with small scale farming/fishing mentalities manifesting in the use of traditional farming/fishing methods that only exacerbate poverty. worthwhile NGOs/individuals should start spreading the good of technological applications. talk should be about setting up locally driven agro implements and tools manufacturing plants instead of hosting irrelevant talk shows

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  8. I conquer with you father bwalya and kapo.though i have not spent much of my in luapula, i can confess that he’s lying,that land has farmers,fishermen even big businessmen,so aiona kuti njala kanshi
    I know that guy he just want to be heard on the media Finnish.

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    • People dont pretend by disagreeing with the coucillor’s statement. Farmers can be there but they may not be productive, the may grow what is not marketable eg cassava. Cassava has no use in Zambia. Where there is poverty there is malnutrition. If you stay in Lusaka dont ever oppose what the civil leader is saying. That report may be correct. Luapula has the highest percentage of malnutrition in Zambia. Some of you went in mansa town and came back to lusaka. Do you know how much people suffer in the villages? Dont open your eyes blindly. Fishermen can be there how much do they earn? How much do they sell their fish? Businessmen are there, what kind of business are they doing? Where do they sell their fish? Are the fishermen, local people or are they whites? How much does the Zambian…

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  9. Pamaka! pamaka! chweeeeeee chweeeeee, you shouted. Now use alittle of the amaka left in your reservoir to shup up and enjoy the fives years rough ride. Please buckle up. I voted for HH because i was thinking for people like you. As for me and my fomily we a enjoying the show.

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