A Senior government official in Kalomo District has revealed that all the 500 local people had applied for project funds from the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) have not accessed the funds because their applications were not approved.
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Acting district commissioner, Justus Phiri said the business community in the district have not benefited from the CEEC funds because of certain hard conditions contained in the application form.
Mr Phiri has urged government to revise the conditions of accessing the fund if all eligible ordinary Zambians were to benefit from the programme..
He said this when the special assistant to the president for policy implementation and monitoring, Ben Kapita when he paid a courtesy call on him at his office yesterday.
Mr Phiri said it was regrettable that out of the 533 applicantions received so far in the district, only 22 have been approved and 11 qualified for funding but unfortunately the applicants have not been paid their money due to lack of collateral.
The acting DC observed that most of the needy and unemployed youths had no collateral to access the CEEC funds.
“This government programme is not attainable in the district due to its almost impossible conditions. It’s loan application form is apparently too advanced for an ordinary Zambian, unless government moves in to revise and simplify the loan application form and the loan conditions, to most Zambians CEEC will remain theoretical and a waste of resources by the needy in meeting transport to town and payment of professional fees to consultants for the production of sound project proposals,” Phiri said.
And Mr Kapita has promised to follow up the matter in order to ensure that the process to access the funds was user friendly.
He said the purpose of the programme was to deliver people out of poverty until they graduate to be self sustainable citizens.
Southern Province was allocated K10 billion last year under the Citizen’s Economic Empowerment Commission fund.