Cash Transfer Begins in Neno
The Neno District Council is distributing K463, 200, 000 to 6, 176 hunger-stricken families in all the four traditional authorities under the 2022-23 Lean Season Response Cash Transfers.
The exercise which is being supported by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) is seeing a beneficiary household getting K75,000 to cover for the lean months of January, February and March.
Addressing the beneficiaries today at one centre, Zalewa, Neno District Commissioner Hudson Kuphanga advised the benefiting households to put the money into good use and desist from abusing it.
"I’m appealing to these people to buy food in this season and that the government is looking forward to helping people in times of unforeseen circumstances," he said.
He however thanked DoDMA for the Cash Transfer which failed to commence some four months ago due to logistical challenges.
A group village headman Zalewa based beneficiary, Luka Nambazo commended the government for coming to their rescue especially now when maize is still in the fields.
He said that he will use the money in buying food and other human needs as advised by the DC.
I’m saying this to other families that we must not abuse these funds like buying alcohol and womanising but we need to buy food as we await harvesting," advised Nambazo.
Meanwhile, Neno district council disaster relief officer Brighton Mphinga has assured the beneficiaries that his office will do all it can to reach them amid rains and bad road network.