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First Lady concerned with gassing cases

Kitwe, February 14, 2020, ZANIS—First Lady, Ester Lungu is deeply saddened with the continued cases of gassing on members of the public.

Mrs Lungu said Zambia is a Christian National where such activities should not be happening.

She noted that this is the first time such a criminal activity is happening in the history of Zambia.

The First Lady said it is her prayer that God intervenes in the matter and brings happenings to an end.

“As humans there is nothing we can do, God knows what is really happening, may He intervene so that we can continue enjoying the peace we have always enjoyed, ” she said.

Mrs Lungu was speaking in Kitwe today upon arrival at the Presidential lodge.

And Mrs Lungu has commended the United Church of Zambia for initiating three projects aimed at empowering women and the girl child as well as creating a sustainable income generation source for the church.

She said empowerment of women was cardinal as an empowered woman can also take care of the girl child who is a victim of various forms of abuse.

She called on all well-meaning Zambians to put their heads together and help in empowering women and support the girl child to reach high levels of education.

The First Lady cited provision of sanitary pads as one area where girls need to be helped so that they can attend classes without absconding due to lack of pads.

She also noted that the planned construction of housing units by the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) in Riverside will help to create a sustainable income generation source for the church unlike asking for alms all the time.

And Copperbelt Permanent Secretary, Bright Nundwe who welcomed the First Lady said the province has continued recording cases of gassing in homes and schools.

Mr Nundwe said his office receives cases of gassing every single night, citing Lufwanyama boarding school as one of the schools that has been gassed three times.

Meanwhile Mr Nundwe said Copperbelt is expected to produce a bumper harvest due to the government farming inputs that were distributed to farmers on time.

The First lady is in Kitwe to officiate at a fundraising dinner for the UCZ River side congregation.

The church hopes to raise about K600, 000 for the construction of housing units at a cost of K400, 000 and another K200, 000 for two child empowerment projects.

The First lady will tomorrow morning attend a women’s church service programme at the UCZ Riverside congregation before gracing the fundraising dinner in the evening.