MAYENGO NYIRENDA, Chipata
KAPOCHE member of Parliament Charles Banda has commended traditional leaders in his constituency for taking a leading role
in curbing early marriages.
Mr Banda said traditional leaders have helped reduce the high number of pupils dropping out of school in Kapoche by banning the bad practice.
He said in the past, Kapoche had the highest number of pupils dropping out of school in Eastern Province because of early marriages.
Mr Banda was speaking in Kapoche constituency recently when he addressed residents at Chikalaba Primary School.
“Kapoche had the highest number of children dropping out schools because of early marriages but our traditional leaders have helped in curbing the vice,” Mr Banda said.
Mr Banda, who is also Minister of Tourism and Arts, said he is happy that traditional leaders in his constituency have taken a stance to end early marriages.
He warned parents against initiating schoolgirls in traditional dances as the practice is contributing to early marriages.
Mr Banda said the traditional dances in the past were one of the contributing factors to the high number of children dropping out of school in preference to early marriages.
He pledged to continue working with traditional leaders to end early marriages in Kapoche.
And Mr Banda has urged people in his constituency to continue supporting President Lungu and his administration.
Mr Banda said Government means well for the people in rural areas, hence the need to support it.
He said time for campaigns is over and appealed to people not to listen to lies being propagated by some people that there will be change of Government before 2021.
He said Zambia has a President in Mr Lungu, who is currently working at improving the lives of people in remote areas such as Kapoche.