GOVERNMENT through the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) is funding 12 projects in the new Mwandi district of Western Province in its quest to alleviate poverty among rural communities.
Mwandi district commissioner Precious Muyenga said the newly created district was a ‘‘den of business people’’ hence the funding would benefit many people in the area.
Ms Muyenga said about 45 youths and women have been identified so far and would benefit from the projects that had been approved.
She said the people of Mwandi depended on fish and beef and therefore the value chain projects were ideal for the beneficiaries to engage in.
“Each person was given K5,000 with two ponds each to start fish farming so that they survive even during the fish ban period and others are engaged in beef and would be funded once the abattoirs being built are completed,” she said.
And Ms Muyenga said about 812 households were expected to benefit from this year’s social cash transfer in the district.
She said Mwandi as a new district was not left out and that the Government was trying its best to reach every citizen, saying all the Government projects in her district were progressing well.
She said most of the Government departments were operating normally and that the infrastructure projects were near completion and would be ready by June this year.
“We have every reason to thank the Government because of the developments we have seen in the shortest period of time, and by June this year we will be able to move to a new site,” she said.
Ms Muyenga said the districts would have 24 ponds for fish farming and abattoirs where farmers would be slaughtering cattle and supplying beef.
She appealed to the people of Mwandi to give support to the Government because they were part of the development process.
Mwandi is situated 6o km from Sesheke district with about 4,182 households among the population of 25, 333.