Non-Government Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has expressed sadness that 53 years after independence, 54.5 % of citizens still live in abject poverty in Zambia.
In a statement to pan African Radio news, NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale said it is clear that the majority of the citizens are not fully independent as they are still under economic slavery in their own country.
Ms Mwale says in a as much as she appreciates the positive plans outlined in the Seventh National Development Plan (SNDP, but it is saddening that half a century through after independence, Zambia can still have majority citizens having challenges with accessing quality medical facilities and clean drinking water and sanitation.
She has alleged that this has resulted in increased mortality rates for women and children. It is therefore imperative that these challenges are redressed in a more concerted manner if the country is to realize its development goals.
Meanwhile, Ms. Mwale has stressed the need for more targeted interventions that will help in reducing the existing inequalities and poverty levels in the country, especially in rural areas.
“It is sad that fifty-three years after independence, 54.5 % of citizens still live in abject poverty in Zambia” Ms. Mwale said