Lundazi, March 6, 2015, ZANIS… Lundazi District Commissioner
Janet Palukani says access to safe and clean drinking water is an
important aspect of life.
And Mrs Palukani has praised Cargill Zambia for supplementing government’s
efforts in improving access to safe and cleaning drinking water
especially for the rural women.
Mrs Palikani said this in a speech read on her behalf by District
Agriculture Coordinator Phillimon Lungu during the handover of hippo
water roller containers donated by Cargill in
Mrs Palukani noted that it was gratifying that as women of
Mwasemphangwe celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day which falls on 8th
March, they would have a smile on their faces because of the containers
known as hippo water rollers provided to them by Cargill for drawing
She stated that the ploughing back to the community through the
provision of 90 liters containers will make it easy for women to draw
water and do some other chores.
“These tools will make drawing water easy for the nine women clubs in
the area, I thereby wish to encourage the women to jealously use them
so that they continue to be of service to the communities in the
villages where the clubs are,” she stressed
The DC has also praised Chieftainess Mwasephangwe for supporting women by
providing them with land to spearhead their activities.
“I am pleased to observe that you are fully supportive of efforts to
strengthen gender empowerment in your chiefdom’’ she said.
And speaking at the same function Cargill Project Manager Emmanuel
Mbewe noted that women had a huge role play in contributing to
Mr Mbewe said his company and other partners were committed to ensuring that they
supplement government efforts through ventures such as provision of
hippo water rollers to enable women draw water easily.
The Women clubs that benefitted from the project are Kamulemeka, Vitumbiko,
Muondwe, Kathale, Chamatata and Kajipalile.
And Chietainess Mwasemphangwe noted that as a traditional leader she did not
segregate in land distribution.
She however encouraged more women to form clubs so that they could benefit from such programmes from partners such as Cargill.
“Cargill in my chiefdom has provided loans without demanding for
collateral to women clubs and individuals a move which will help
improve food security and the development of the area,” she said.