Kanyama Ward 13 Councillor Leonard Cheelo has tipped the community to take advantage of the non-partisan nature of the Constituency Development Funds-CDF to better their lives.

Speaking when he hosted CDF beneficiaries in his ward, the Civic leader emphasized the need to de-politicize CDF adding that the fund is intended to benefit the most vulnerable in society who include widows and orphans.

Mr.Cheelo also called for the fair screening and awarding of CDF1 as doing so was the best way of promoting inclusive development for all.

“If anyone makes you pay to benefit from CDF, then that is wrong – I for one would rather lose my seat for doing the right thing, no one should make you pay to access CDF, this money is for everyone.” Remarked Councillor Cheelo.

And the Councillor has disclosed that more than 300 youth from his ward have benefitted from the CDF bursary scheme under the 2022/2023 funds.

Victoria Gotola, a CDF 2023 skills bursary awardee expressed happiness for being given a chance to study and better her life.

Victoria said that an unempowered girl child is most vulnerable to child pregnancies and other illicit activities.

She adds that with this opportunity, she can actively pursue her dreams and become a productive member of society.

Another beneficiary, Vistor Masiyaleti has urged youths who have not been shortlisted to continue trying as he was not successful at first attempt but that he continued to push.

He has since thanked the New Dawn Government for giving him and other young people in Kanyama constituency an opportunity to study and become self- reliant .

Masiyaleti has been awarded a Skills Bursary to study Automotive Engineering at Lusaka Technical Business College.

This is contained in a statement issued by LCC Public relations officer  Namakau Pumulo.

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