Drought challenges drive govt to add over 720,000 households to emergency beneficiaries


Government has increased the number of Emergency Cash Transfers beneficiaries to over 720,000 additional new households.

This is in response to the drought situation which has affected vulnerable households across the country, according to Community Development and Social Services Minister, Doreen Mwamba.

Mwamba said the Ministry was currently undertaking a national assessment and enumeration to determine strategies and response measures to drought.

She said this on Tuesday when she paid a courtesy call on Copperbelt Province Minister, Elisha Matambo, in Ndola District.

“Government is aware of the hardships faced by many families in the wake the drought and has since urged community members to participate in identifying beneficiaries.

“The disbursement of these Emergency Cash Transfers is testament to government’s dedication to the well being of all citizens,” Mwamba said in a statement issued in Lusaka.

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In response, Matambo commended the Ministry for effective implementation of the social protection programmes.

“The Ministry is doing well, it is the backbone of government because it deal with vulnerable people in our communities.

Mwamba was in Copperbelt Province to check on various social protection programmes being implemented in the Province and also preside at this year’s Labour Day commemoration in Kalulushi District.

In Ndola, she visited Insakwe Child Approved Centre which houses girls who come in contact with the law.

She also witnessed rural payments of Social Cash Transfer (SCT) and toured Village of Joy Childcare facility in Kaniki area.

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