Sunday, January 27, 2013

'Opposition in N/Western claim youth fund is blood money'

'Opposition in N/Western claim youth fund is blood money'
By David Chongo in Mufumbwe
Sun 27 Jan. 2013, 11:20 CAT

NORTH Western Province minister Steven Masumba is disappointed that some opposition politicians in the province are reportedly telling youths that government's Youth Development Fund is blood money meant to initiate them into Satanism.

He says as a result, some youths are shunning the KR1.1million fund for fear of being taken into Satanism.

Masumba said in notes delivered on his behalf by Mufumbwe District Commissioner Emma Mankishi and Ministry of Sports Youth coordinator for North Western Christopher Malisopo at meetings held in Lumwe, Kashima and Matushi areas on Friday that as a result, several youths especially from Kasempa had stayed away from applying for financial support.

He said some youths had been dissuaded by political opponents of the Patriotic Front that the resources from the YDF were maneuvers to get them into satanic practices.
Masumba stated that the fund was a way to alleviate poverty and create employment through clubs formed by women and the youths.

And Lumwe residents Judith Dinala and Juliet Kuneti appealed to Masumba to deliver on his promise that the women and youths in the area would be financially supported unlike previously when they were only alerted to the possibility of applying for the funds but never got any of their projects approved.

But Malisopo assured that the current administration was determined to reduce poverty by taking empowerment programmes in the rural areas and ensure that vulnerable people were not disadvantaged.
Mankishi told the women that the PF Government had put them at the centre of driving development in their communities and would not neglect them.

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