Empowerment fund not campaign gimmick – Lungu

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has rubbished assertions by the opposition that the Presidential Empowerment Initiative Fund is a campaign tool to hoodwink voters, stating the initiative is not going to be abandoned even after the August 11 general elections.

And President Lungu has announced that Government, through the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission, would install a K500,000 milling plant in Nakonde within the shortest possible time.

The President said he was concerned with the reports of some unscrupulous people going round charging women to obtain the Presidential Empowerment Fund forms in order to access the funds.

Addressing a rally at Isoka Boma,  President Lungu described as false statements that the empowerment fund was a campaign gimmick to win votes.

He said the initiative was created to empower marketeers and the less privileged in society.

He appealed to the electorate in the area to vote for the PF candidates in order for them to complete all the development and empowerment programes it had embarked on.

And speaking earlier, PF deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri urged people to reject violent politicians in the August 11 general elections.

Mrs Phiri told the voters to give the ruling party a 100 percent vote on August 11.

Meanwhile, the Head of State yesterday visited  Chieftainess Nawatwikwa of Nakonde district who lost her husband.

President Lungu’s campaign manager Samuel Mukupa told the chieftainess that the President could not attend the funeral due to other engagements.

And addressing another mammoth rally at Nakonde grounds, President Lungu maintained that the Patriotic Front remained resolute to improve people’s lives anchored on the pro-poor policies.

He said Government through the CEEC will soon install a milling plant in Nakonde because as the area produces enough maize to support the operations of the plant.