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Wina mourns boat accident victims

ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Gender and Child Development Inonge Wina is saddened by the death of 26 people who died after the boat they were on capsized on Lake Kariba last Friday.
Ms Wina said this in a statement issued to the Femail in Lusaka on Monday.
“My ministry is saddened to learn about the death of 26 people, most were pupils and four adults who perished on Lake Kariba in Gwembe, Southern Province when the boat they were travelling on capsized on October 24, 2014.
“I would, therefore, like to pass my heart-felt condolences to their families as we all mourn the departed ones,” the minister said.
Government has since declared today as the day of national mourning for the deceased persons.
Ms Wina said it is heart-breaking to imagine the pain the bereaved families are going through.
The boat, whose capacity is 14, was at the time of the accident carrying about 34 people travelling to Kalelezhi Basic School for the Golden Jubilee celebrations
Ms Wina said, “I, therefore, pray that God Almighty may console, reassure them of his unfailing love and heal their broken hearts during this time of mourning and as they face each day that comes.”
She said Zambians have the responsibility to ensure that children are protected from all harm, at all times.
According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the child has the right to survive and this includes the right to life.
Ms Wina said a child also has the right to be protected and this right includes protection against abuse and neglect by parents and other caregivers or adults in general.
Ms Wina is hopeful that in future Zambians will ensure that children’s welfare is safeguarded in the home, school, church and during their travel away from home.

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