Chief Misholo of the Ngoni people of Chipata District in Eastern Province has appealed to government to construct a boarding secondary school in his chief to mitigate girl child marriages and early pregnancies in the area.
Chief Misholo said the boarding school will address the accommodation crisis that girls face when they leave there distant homes and come to Mboza Day Secondary School in pursuit of education.
The traditional leader said this when Vice President, Guy Scott, paid a courtesy call on him before holding a public meeting in the area to canvass for support for PF candidate, Gideon Zulu, in the Kasenengwa by-election set for September 11.
Chief Misholo said constructing the school will lessen the prevailing child marriages and pregnancies in the area.
He pointed out that his chiefdom is the only one in Chipata district with only one day secondary school and hoped that government will heed his call for more schools to be built in the area.
Chief Misholo also requested government to build a hospital in the area in order to ease challenges that people face when accessing health care services as there are only health posts in the area.
He further said people in his area are suffering in that they wake up as early as 03:00 hours in the morning to fetch water from distant places as dams and rivers have dried up.
However, Vice President, Guy Scott, assured the Chief that government will address the challenges of water, health centres, roads and schools in order to bring development to the area.