The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development has unearthed a scum where some elderly people have come up with tactics to swindle young people of the youth empowerment funds they are getting from government.
Director Youth at the Ministry, Cade Chikobo has revealed to ZANIS in an interview that three elderly people based in Chipulukusu Township were hiding behind a named coorperative to swindle youths of the money.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Chikobo said the amount involved is K200 thousand empowerment money that was disbursed to the young people late last year.
Mr. Chikobo has described the situation as unfortunate and has further warned those behind the scourge that the law will severely deal with them. He said the youth empowerment funds are specifically meant for young people under the age of 35 years and that the ministry will not allow unscrupulous individuals to disadvantage the actual beneficiaries.
” Some people above the age of 35 on the Copperbelt were hiding in the name of a coorperative to swindle youths of the empowerment funds that we are giving them. It’s a very sad situation because this empowerment that we are running is aimed at helping to build a strong economy for the young people,” Mr. Chikobo said.
Mr. Chikobo said the culprits have since been handed over to the police for thorough investigations.
And when contacted for a comment, Copperbelt Police Commissioner, Elias Chushi said he had by broadcast time not received a formal report from his officers.
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