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Persons with Disabilities Express Gratitude as Govt Announces Resettlement Plan 

Persons living with disabilities in Zambia have expressed their gratitude towards the government for prioritizing their needs in an upcoming resettlement plan. 

The initiative, spearheaded by the Ministry of Community Development in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President, aims to address the living conditions of vulnerable populations, starting with persons with disabilities and subsequently extending to the elderly and other groups.

The primary objective of the resettlement plan is to decongest crowded compounds in Lusaka, creating a more organized and dignified living environment for vulnerable citizens.

Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Ms. Doreen Mwamba, shared this significant announcement during an interaction with Social Cash Transfer beneficiaries in Chawama compound. 

The move was welcomed by Mr. Benedictus Bwalya, who spoke on behalf of persons with disabilities, expressing appreciation for the government’s inclusive approach to national development.

Mr. Bwalya, a teacher himself, commended the recent teacher recruitment exercise, which saw the employment of 451 teachers with disabilities. 

He also acknowledged the government’s commitment to various empowerment programs, including the Social Cash Transfer.

Minister Mwamba reassured the gathering of the government’s dedication to the well-being of vulnerable populations. 

She emphasized that the administration, under the New Dawn initiative, is actively working to enhance the policy environment to provide increased social protection support across all sectors.

Highlighting the government’s commitment, Minister Mwamba pointed out that the number of Social Cash Transfer beneficiaries has seen a substantial increase, rising from approximately 500,000 in 2021 to over 1.3 million today. 

She encouraged beneficiaries to actively support the government’s endeavors to promote socio-economic development, particularly for vulnerable individuals.

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