North West cries for Presidential Empowerment Initiative Fund


By Nation Reporter

A PATRIOTIC Front member in North Western Province has called on President Edgar Lungu to introduce the Presidential Empowerment Initiative Fund to the region for people to access it.

Rev Tom Mushinge, a long-time serving member of PF, told the Daily Nation in an interview that since the introduction of the initiative the people in the province had not benefitted from the fund.

He said there was need for people in the province to start benefitting from the initiative as they were part of Zambia.

“These other provinces have benefitted, why not North Western Province?  People here also need to feel to be part of it because they are part of Zambia,” he said.

He also said if the funds were disbursed, the move could change the perception the people in the province had towards the ruling party and Government.

“So these are some of the things that can change the minds of people because it is in black and white that the people here do support the ruling party,” he said.

He also appealed to PF party members in the province not to relax but continue with mobilisation ahead of the 2021 general elections.

“Time to get down to work is now.  This is not a honeymoon, we need to work extra hard,” he said.

Contacted for a comment, the fund patron Chanda Kabwe,  who is Kitwe district commissioner, said the programme would resume next month.

He said about 16, 000 beneficiaries had been targeted between October this year and 2017.

“So, North Western Province will be considered in this phase. The only challenge is that the beneficiaries are not paying back and this is due to careless statements by the opposition,” he said.

He appealed to the people in the province to exercise patience as the programme was on-going.