MALUMO SILUMESI, Kabwe
THIRTY-THREE girls of Mkushi in Central Province have been withdrawn from marriages and enrolled in school.
Mkushi District Commissioner Luka Mwamba said the girls, from Chief Chitina chiefdom, have since been placed under the support of the social welfare department.
Mr Mwamba said in an interview that he will ensure that all young people that are in marriages are withdrawn and are taken back to school to secure their future.
“I took upon myself to remove young girls from marriages, some as young as 13 years old. It is disheartening to see the trend by some parents to marry off young girls.
“I engaged the Victim Support Unit, the parents and we all agreed to enrol the girls back in school,” he said.
The district commissioner has partnered with three traditional leaders, Chief Chitina, Chief Mulungwe and Chief Shaibila, to curb early marriages in the district.
Mr Mwamba said he is happy that some traditional leaders are against the escalating number of child marriages.
He is confident the support Government is receiving from chiefs will help in the fight against the vice.
“Let me take this opportunity to say that we will win this fight. We cannot allow illicit activities to continue in the district,” Mr Mwamba said.
He has since warned parents in the area to desist from marrying off their young children failure to which they risk facing the wrath of the law.
“I wish to warn parents that we shall not take it kindly to those who will be found wanting,” he said.