First Lady speaks out


FIRST Lady Esther Lungu says she will not sit idly by in State House because she wants to help uplift the lives of women, elderly people and other vulnerable people across the country.
Mrs Lungu said this yesterday here where she will today meet traditional leaders and women belonging to different clubs.


“I want to see to it that women are uplifted; and the physically challenged as well,” she said.
Mrs Lungu said she does not want to concentrate on helping the needy in Lusaka only, hence embarking on provincial tours.

“As the mother of the nation, you ought to know how your children are faring. I cannot only concentrate on the people of Lusaka since State House is in Lusaka,” she said.
The First Lady also urged Zambians to embrace albinos, saying it is sad that they [albinos] are being killed in other countries.


She also said she is happy with the development projects that Government is undertaking in Itezhi Tezhi.
And Central Province permanent secretary Edwidge Mutale said Itezhi Tezhi is a vast district with a rough terrain that has affected the well-being of women and girls.


Ms Mutale said it is encouraging that Mrs Lungu is visiting the district to meet women to know their needs.
Earlier, Itezhi Tezhi acting district commissioner Akatama Malikana informed Mrs Lungu that the district has 244 women clubs involved in basket-making, Knitting, peanut butter-making, poultry and goat rearing.



Ms Malikana also said 6,000 people are benefiting from the food security pack programme, and that Government is undertaking several development projects in the district.
Among the people who welcomed Mrs Lungu at Uphill Secondary School grounds were Itezhi Tezhi member of Parliament Grayford Moonde, members of the Ministers’ Spouses Club, and several Itezhi Tezhi residents.