THE Edgar Chagwa Lungu Multi-Purpose Empowerment Cooperative has launched its empowerment programme in Eastern Province where it targets to empower 900 cooperatives.
Cooperative coordinator Fuli Msimuko said the head of state will continue empowering cooperatives. Msimuko urged the beneficiaries of the empowerment to put the donated items to good use.
He said his organisation will empower 900 cooperatives in all the constituencies in the province and more than 45 000 people will benefit directly from this empowerment.
Msimuko said his group will continue to monitor how the cooperatives will be working.
“If you will be working well, we are going to increase the sponsorship and one thing I have to emphasize, this is not politics, but we are in a political year, its very serious. The President has said it clearly that this is not politics, he is the father of the nation and he is just doing what he promised to do. Funding for these things have been done through well-wishers, the friends of the President have given him, and he has given you,” he said.
Msimuko said Mpezeni had been given a grinding mill while all the chiefs in the province will be given incubators with the capacity of 265 eggs.
Cooperatives have been empowered with bales of salaula, groceries, sewing machines.
National Planning and Development minister Alexander Chiteme who was the guest of honour said the President will continue helping people through such gestures.
“The President is not only helping people here but it is everywhere, he is helping people in Lunga district and many other places which are affected by either floods, drought and other disasters. The biggest issue is that this country and the entire world is affected by COVID, so this COVID affected us badly, after seeing this President Lungu decided to form this cooperative to help the people. This shows the love that the President has for you, this is a sign that President Lungu does not want to leave anyone behind,” he said.
Paramount Chief Mpezeni thanked the head of state for the gesture.
The event took place at Paramount Chief Mpezeni’s Ephendukeni palace.
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