–Chiefs and Tradition Affairs Deputy Minister, Josephine Limata, has urged traditional leaders to nurture the girl child to be responsible and positive contributors to the nation.
Ms Limata made the appeal during the Mulambalala Traditional Ceremony of Chief Chewe Kaponge IV held over the weekend in Chinsali district of Muchinga Province.
The Deputy Minister said traditional leaders play a cardinal role in traditional matters especially towards the safety of community members, the girl child in particular.
She said this is a crucial issue which government will not stop talking about because the girl child is so disadvantaged in the social, economic and political spheres.
Ms Limata added that chiefs should be in the fore-front to protect the interest of the girl child and the value for this protection will manifest in years to come.
The Deputy Minister said there is need for the royal highnesses to address unacceptable traditions, beliefs and practices that bar the girl child from educational progression.
Ms Limata said the chiefs are a key to successfully turn this tide.
She said chiefs should also work closely with the government to address the traditional practices such as those that infringe on the livelihood of the people resulting in social injustice.
“Leaders, let us sacrifice time for the young generation”, said Ms Limata.