MP Tembo Donates Cement to Neno Fire Victim

Tembo symbolically presenting a bag of cement Tembo symbolically presenting a bag of cement - pic by Steve Kalungwe

In an attempt to answer a call by the Neno District Council Disaster Risk Management Officer, the Neno North constituency member of parliament Thoko Tembo on Wednesday donated 5 bags of cement and other items to a woman who had her house gutted down by fire.

The Neno District Council through its Disaster Risk Management Officer Brighton Mphinga is mobilising resources to bail out a single mother of three children who had her house completely damaged by fire of the 15th of August this year.

During the handing over ceremony, Tembo said that he was touched with the woman's ordeal hence his gesture to make the donation.

"I read about the issue on Zodiak Online and this is my constituency hence my coming to donate these bags although not enough and I call other well-meaning people to still render their help," said Tembo.

The parliamentarian further says he is engaging with the office of the District Commissioner to have the National Identification Card (ID) of the woman replaced immediately as she has lost all her food and a bag of fertilizer hence a fear of not benefitting from this year's Affordable Inputs Program (AIP).

Tembo said that "am in touch with the DC’s office so that this family is registered and that she benefits from the government programs because if left unchecked she might fall victim to hunger".

The MP then said he is also exploring other avenues to have more resources pouring in so that the house is completed in time calling his gesture nonpolitical.

Mwandida Kabitchi said her life is slowly getting better but she wishes to inform the public that building materials for the house have run out.

She told Zodiak that while she is happy with the donations, she has exhausted what she had (money) through hiring laborers to fill the house foundation with sand.

The house is being pegged to cost between K2.5 to K3 million.

The fire was started by a child who came to play with the kids from the family, leaving the family in tears with no shelter.

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