CHRISTINE CHIHAME, Mansa
THE Non-Governmental Organisation Co-ordinating Council (NGOCC) has donated 44 bicycles worth over K30,000 to Mansa
and Luwingu districts in Luapula Province to enhance the campaign to end-child marriages.
The bicycles were handed over to each ending child-marriage village committee in four chiefdoms in the two districts.
NGOCC has formed ending-child marriage village committees in the chiefdoms of Katuta, Mulala and Chibaye, all in Luwingu, and in chieftainess Mwenda in Mansa, to spearhead the campaign against child marriages and gender based violence (GBV).
Speaking during the handover of the bicycles, organisation executive director Engwase Mwale said ending child marriage will contribute to girls and boys reclaiming their childhood and increase retention of girls in schools.
Ms Mwale said ending child marriages will reduce the risk of GBV against women and girls and increase socio-economic opportunities in communities.
“Commitment and cooperation by chiefs will increase national efforts to eradicate child marriages in Zambia,” she said.
Ms Mwale said her organisation will work closely with chiefs in ensuring the vice is fought and defeated.
Chief Katuta said he will not relent in punishing parents and guardians who marry off their children at a tender age.
He has since warned that no child must drop out of school as a result of marriage adding that children are the future leaders and must exercise their right to education.