Stop early marriages-State urges chiefs
Nchelenge, June 11, 2013, ZANIS……Government has called on traditional leaders in the country to take a leading role in the fight against early marriages.
The call was made over the weekend when three district commissioners from Luapula province met village head persons in Kanyembo and Kambwali areas of Nchelenge district.
The DCs were Victor Kasuba of Mwense, Ivo Mpasa of Kawambwa, and Royd Chakaba from Nchelenge.
Mwense DC, Victor Kasuba expressed disappointment with high rates of early marriages being recorded in Luapula Province and urged the traditional leaders to work with government to ensure that the vice is brought to an end.
Mr. Kasuba said government will take stern action on any person found marrying off young girls, adding that the action will also include arresting the person found married to a young girl as they risk being charged with defilement.
The Mwense DC said a similar fate will await traditional leaders who will be found encouraging early marriages.
He explained that young girls are not capable of enduring the challenges that are found in marriages because they are not fully developed mentally.
Mr. Kasuba said there is need to ensure that girls are given opportunities to get educated so that they can also help in the development of the country.
And Mr. Kasuba has said government is determined to provide development for the people living in rural areas such as Nchelenge.
The Mwense DC said government has plans underway to create feeder and access roads to farming areas, as well as other settlements.
Mr Kasuba also disclosed that government has embarked on a rural electrification project under which electricity will be provide to schools in remote parts of the country.