———– Chief Kasoma Lwela of
the Ushi people of Chembe in Luapula province says he is
disappointed with the behavior of some teachers in his chiefdom.
The chief says it was sad that teachers who are supposed to protect
children in schools have become perpetrators of bad vices against
Reacting to a case in which a named teacher at Chaiwa Primary School
in Chembe was two weeks ago arrested by police for having canal
knowledge of a pupil the chief said there is need for stiffer
punishment to such teachers as they are tarnishing the image of the
ZANIS reports that the chief said this at his palace when Children In
Need (CHIN) Coordinator Emmanuel Musonda paid a courtesy call on him.
Chief Kasoma Lwela observed that there is need for more sensitization
on child rights so that not only children are aware of their rights
but also parents adding that a lot of people are still ignorant about
the rights of children.
He cited the issue of rampant early marriages in his chiefdom as one
that both children and parents should be sensitized about saying the
future of many children will remain bleak if they continue to be left
in the dark on their rights.
He has since called on government to empower chiefs with laws that
will enable them deal with perpetrators of child marriages
saying currently chiefs have little to say on such issues.
And Children In Need Coordinator Emmanuel Musonda told the chief that
his organization is concerned with issues of child rights that have
continued to be violated.
Mr Musonda said children are future leaders who if protected and given
education can in future change the livelihood of their families.