HOPE NYOKA, Chipata
THE construction of a National Assembly office for Kasenengwa constituency in Chipata, Eastern Province, at a cost of over K1 million has reached 70 percent completion and will soon open to the public.
And Kasenengwa member of Parliament Victoria Kalima has urged parents to stop child marriages and start promoting girl-child education.
Ms Kalima, who is Minister of Gender, said the National Assembly office is among those being built by the National Assembly of Zambia countrywide.
She said this when she toured the construction site in Kasenengwa on Saturday.
Government has contracted Nadrec Enterprise Limited to build the office.
“Once the office is opened to the public, it will have a library for people to have access to information about Parliament among other services,” Ms Kalima said.
Nadrec Enterprise Limited director of operations Bernard Bwalya said the office, which has already been roofed, will be completed next month.
Meanwhile, Ms Kalima says girls in rural areas have equal rights to education as their counterparts living in towns, and should not be married off at a tender age.
She was speaking in Chipata on Saturday when she donated K30,000, towards the construction of a girl’s dormitory at Chiparamba Combined School.
Ms Kalima urged parents in the area to refrain from marrying off young girls but instead support Government and other partners in promoting girl-child education.
Ms Kalima, who is Kasenengwa member of Parliament, urged girls at the school to focus on education in order for them to achieve their goals.
Chiparamba Combined School headteacher Adamson Sakala was grateful for the donation saying it will alleviate the challenges of inadequate boarding space at the school.
Mr Sakala said the only secondary school in the area is housing about 210 pupils in boarding, while other pupils are renting accommodation in the surrounding community because of lack of boarding space.
He assured Ms Kalima that the money will be accounted for and that the project will be completed in three months’ time.
Ms Kalima also lunched the construction of a maternity ward at Chiparamba Rural Health Centre where she donated packets of cement towards the construction works.
Eastern Province medical director Abel Kabalo said the construction of a maternity ward will reduce maternal deaths in the area.