Kaseba expected in Chinsali

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—-First Lady, Christine Kaseba, is tomorrow  expected in Chinsali District of Muchinga Province to grace the girls empowerment and leadership, mentorship training workshop.

Dr Kaseba is scheduled to officially open the workshop on Wednesday where she is due to give inspiration to the girl-children drawn the six districts of Muchinga Province.

The main thematic area the First Lady will tackle is the issue of teenage pregnancies and early marriages.

The First Lady is also expected to take part in the early morning road-run with the girls and a visit to some of the heritage sites among other activities.

Speaking when the First Lady’s advance party paid a courtesy call on him, Provincial Permanent Secretary, Bwalya Ng’andu, said there is need to change people’s mind-sets.

Dr Ng’andu said the girl child needs to be protected and nurtured because they are the future leaders of the nation.

He said the levels of teenage pregnancies in the province are worrying and call for concerted efforts in the fight of the scourge.

Dr Ng’andu said there is also need to educate the girls and their parents on the beauty of being educated in society.

Speaking earlier, Chinsali Central Member of Parliament (MP), Christopher Mulenga, who is also Education Minister, said the situation needs urgent attention.

Mr. Mulenga said communities should also add their voice in this fight and take part in the fight because these pregnancies are affecting their society

Forum for African Women’s Educationalists in Zambia (FAWEZA) Executive Director, Agness Shipenuka, said Muchinga Province has the lowest rate in terms of teenage pregnancies.

Ms Shipenuka said despite the province recording the lowest cases of teenage pregnancies, there has been a steady increase in the recent past.