Vice President Guy Scott has cautioned parents and guardians against marrying off their young girl children before they come of age.
Dr Scott noted with regret that most victims of early childhood marriages end up dying due to complications during child birth and also because of hunger.
He said the scourge needs to be fought with vigour by all stakeholders as it is also denying girl children the right to acquire education and consequently to have a future.
Dr Scott has since congratulated Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II for her efforts to curb early childhood marriages in her chiefdom which he noted has drastically reduced.
The Vice President said this in Chongwe today when he officiated at the Chakwela Makumbi Traditional Ceremony of the Soli people of Chongwe district in Lusaka Province.
Dr. Scott also stated that government remains committed to sustain the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) in order to enhance the productivity of farmers and ensure food security in the country.
He disclosed that a total number 17, 770 farmers in Chongwe district alone will benefit from the programme for the next farming season.
He said government is also working round the clock to ensure that all farmers who supplied maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) for the 2013/2014 farming season are paid their monies so as to allay complaints from farmers.
The Vice President also stated that government is building a lot of infrastructure around the country in an effort to uplift the living standards of the people.
He said since the Patriotic Front took over office, a number of schools, clinics, hospitals, universities are been constructed in fulfilment of its pledge to restore the lost dignity of the Zambian people.
The Vice President further disclosed that government has come up with a comprehensive programme to document everything that happens at traditional ceremonies so the coming generations do not lose track of their heritage.
He said government will continue to promote and support traditional ceremonies as it is the only proper education of the country’s culture and tradition which future generations need to preserve.
And Senior Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II through her representative Senior Headman Mauma thanked President Michael Sata and his government for the many development projects being implemented in her chiefdom.
She said her chiefdom has seen a lot of infrastructure development projects since President Sata and the PF came into government, saying the Chalimbana road is just one fine examples of projects being done in the area.
The traditional leader called on other chiefs to support government projects as it is their subjects who essentially benefit from them.
Chieftainess Nkomeshya also called for peace and unity among political leaders as Zambia celebrates its golden jubilee.
Cabinet Ministers, deputy Ministers, opposition political leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, chiefs from within and neighbouring countries and members of the public from all works of life attended the ceremony