Catholic parish helps Namwala violence  victims

GOVERNMENT says the repatriation exercise for the last 31 families who remained in Namwala awaiting reintegration will be completed today and that the camp created to house victims of political violence that ravaged the area will also be closed.

Speaking when St. Ignitious Catholic Church in Lusaka donated assorted goods to the victims of the post-election violence in Namwala yesterday, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) national coordinator Patrick Kangwa said the organization will continue to monitor the 85 households until they were resettled.

Mr. Kangwa said DMMU has resettled some of the victims in Itezhi-Tezhi after one of the chiefs offered them land while others were repatriated to various towns within Southern Province. He also said 31 households who were still in camp will be reintegrated within Namwala before the camp closes today.

“DMMU has put in place the repatriation exercise which has moved all the households except the 31 who are remaining in Namwala which consist of 78 people. Initially, 14 households comprising 50 persons were moved to Itezhi-Tezhi where the chief has offered us land to settle them while a team of 13 households came through Lusaka and moved on to other provinces and these are 115 persons.

“We have so far repatriated another nine households within Southern Province to Choma, Namwala and Mazabuka. We are remaining with 31 households and these are still in camp for a specific reason; these are going to be reintegrated within Namwala.

‘‘We were unable to repatriate them to their respective places because we were still waiting for the outcome of the political situation that was pertaining at the time. However, processes have started and by tomorrow 17:00hrs we will have these groups repatriated within Namwala and the camp will be closed at 17:00,” Mr. Kangwa said.

He thanked St. Ignitious parish for the donation and its response in supplementing Government efforts each time there was a crisis as evidenced by its assistance to the foreign nationals during riots which broke out in Lusaka over suspected ritual killings.

And parish superior Father Charles Chilinda said Christians needed to show compassion and charity in a practical way by addressing challenges that people experienced.  “As Christians, we are called upon to show charity and compassion and so the Christian calling is to respond in practical ways to the challenges that we experience in life and the people of St. Ignitious today are making that happen.

‘‘Because of what we read and saw on television and the appeal that came through DMMU, people have responded to help and people donated what they could,” Fr. Chilinda said.

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