Acting Solwezi district commissioner Chipawa Chipawa says little is being done to help the less privileged in society.
Mr Chipawa noted that the number of orphans had increased due to the HIV pandemic and other related diseases, a situation he described as unfortunate.
He said however that Government was resolved to address the challenges the less privileged were going through, adding that there was need for other stakeholders to come on board and supplement Government’s efforts.
Mr Chipawa was speaking during the Miss Charity fundraising beauty pageant at the weekend whose proceeds will be channeled towards Kilela Balanda, and Jito orphanages, Solwezi hospital children’s ward and the juvenile section at Solwezi Central State prison.
“We have a lot of vulnerable in society and it is Government’s responsibility to look after such, but we don’t need to look up to Government alone because governance is all about working as team – the community, the corporate world and many other stakeholders,” Mr Chipawa said.
He said in trying to address some of the challenges the vulnerable in society were going through, Government had put in place various programmes such as women and youth empowerment aimed at helping and uplifting their living standards.
“Government is committed to address the challenges our people are going through, but all stakeholders need to team up in order to overcome these challenges completely,” he said.
And Miss Charity beauty pageant organizing committee chairperson Daniel Masitaki said the objective of the function was to supplement Government’s efforts in meeting the needs of the vulnerable in society.