Government pleads with visually impaired not to protest

The visually impaired have been advised against protesting over government’s delay to assist them connect electricity to a hammer mill in Chipata’s Walela area.
Provincial Minister Malozo Sichone has told Breeze News that government is aware that it needs to assist the visually impaired in paying for power connection.
The minister appealed to the visually impaired to exercise patience stating that government is addressing the matter.
Early this week, Zambia National Federation for the Blind warned that it would resort to street protests if government does not pay ZESCO the 61,000 Kwacha needed to connect power to the hammer mill.
Meanwhile Mr Sichone says the latest survey, which has ranked Eastern Province as having the highest levels of poverty in the country is a wakeup call.
He says that apart from being highly populated, Eastern Province has so much potential for investment, which would reduce poverty.
The minister stated that the region has very hard working people, who can assist government to change the poverty situation.

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