—–Chief Kabamba of the Lala people of Serenje District in Central Province has dissolved marriages of the ten pupils from Teta Primary School who were married off by their parents.
Chief Kabamba has confirmed the development to ZANIS today.
The traditional leader said he does not want early marriages in his chiefdom, saying that was the reason he dissolved the marriages of the ten pupils of Teta Primary School who were married off by their parents recently.
Chief Kabamba said he has taken the pupils back to school because he would like to foster development by educating the children in his chiefdom and he has since punished the parents with community work.
The traditional leader warned that he will not seat back and watch children that are supposed to be in school to be spoiled by forcing them in marriages.
He said: “Marriage is not an idol for somebody who is not matured to start worshiping but it has to be given time.”
Chief Kabamba has since called on his subjects to refrain from such activities, adding that anyone found wanting will be punished accordingly.
And head teacher at Teta Primary School, Fernardy Mumba, thanked the traditional leader for the stance he has taken to dissolve the marriages of the ten girls, saying it has assisted the school administration to settle the impasse with the parents.
Mr Mumba called on the parents to work together and bring back all the pupils who have left school for different reasons so that literacy levels in the area are uplifted.