Second Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Moses Moyo, has urged people in his constituency to take advantage of the increased Constituency Development Fund (CDF) by applying for various empowerment funds in order to reduce poverty.
Moyo said the CDF was a key poverty reduction strategy the government was implementing to help people in rural areas improve their standard of living through accessing empowerment funds.
The Luangeni Member of Parliament said this during a meeting with his constituents on Sunday.
“The increased K30.6 million from last year’s K28.3 million demonstrated government’s resolve to bridge socio-economic inequalities that existed between urban and peri-urban areas in terms of access to social amenities,” he stated.
Moyo said President Hakainde Hichilema aimed to ensure that development effectively reached all the rural parts of the country through CDF and social protection programmes.
“President Hakainde Hichilema does not segregate. This year’s CDF  is meant to help the people of Luangeni. You see with your own eyes that he means well for this country and its people,” he said.
Moyo implored the co-operatives and the youth in his constituency to apply for funding under the 2024 CDF in Luangeni and carry out various income generating activities to improve their income levels.
“So far more than 20 co-operatives received funding through grants and loans under last year’s CDF, a good number of youths from Luangeni also received skills training paid for at the Northern Technical College (NORTEC) and Chipata Trades Technical College through CDF bursary,” he said.
He appealed to the people of Luangeni to work closely with his constituency office and Chipata City Council for guidance when applying for the fund.
The Luangeni lawmaker further advised Councillors and community leaders to work together in order to ensure that the relief aid from government reached the intended beneficiaries.
“As your Member of Parliament, my work ends at lobbying for this relief and bringing it to Luangeni. Please let us make sure that the relief does not go to the wrong people but rather the right people,” he advised.
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