Over 2000 families in poverty cash windfall

OVER 2000 registered vulnerable households in Chilubi district in Luapula Province have started receiving their allowances from Government under the social cash transfer programme, reports Zambia News and Information Services.

And the Pay Point manager Festus Mulenga said the exercise was going on well adding the intended beneficiaries receiving their payments.

Chilubi District commissioner Boniface Kamanda confirmed this in an interview on Thursday.

Mr Kamanda said out of the 2096 registered households in the district, 80 percent of them have received their allowances.

He said he was hopeful that the funds would greatly reduce high poverty levels in the district.

Mr Kamanda was speaking during the launch of the first payments of the social cash transfer allowances at Chitonge pay point.

He urged the beneficiaries to use the funds wisely to reduce high dependence on Government in the near future.

“I am urging you not to use the money for other negative activities such beer drinking, but to invest it in something that will help you in future,” said Mr. Kamanda.

The Social cash transfer programme is a government’s initiative aimed at reducing abject poverty in most rural parts of the country.

Meanwhile, one of the beneficiaries, Mpundu Maliwa said she was grateful to Government for making the cash transfer programme a reality in Chilubi.She pledged to use the money on tuition fees for her school going children and buy some agriculture inputs.

Her colleague Safi Musamba also said Government should continue with the programme in the area as it was helping improve living standards in their households.

Government is disbursing K140 bimonthly to the able bodied people while the disabled are being paid K280.