Government has observed that the rapid dilapidation in sports facilities has greatly contributed to juvenile delinquency in the country.

Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary, Stephen Bwalya, said lack of investment in sports infrastructure development and lack of recreation facilities in the country has deprived many youths of the chance to explore their talents.

Mr. Bwalya said this when he officiated at an Inter-denomination youth tournament held at Matero Boys Secondary School in Lusaka yesterday..

He said sports development should be encouraged because it acts as a catalyst for fostering peace and national development at all levels.

He added that government stands ready to partner with the private sector in the developing sport in the country.

Mr. Bwalya has since implored the church and civic leaders to incorporate sports in their extra curricular activities in their church activities for the young people.

And Victory Ministry International Bible Church Youth coordinator, Alex Katongo, said the objective of the tournament wais to evangelize to the youths through sport.

Mr. Katongo said the church will continue to organize such tournaments, which act as a platform for disseminating information to the youths on behavioural change.

Earlier Lusaka Province Sports coordinator Doris Mulenga said such tournaments keep the Youths away from vices.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. How much does the govt allocate every year for renovations? nothing! and then bwana minister you are even complaining of juvinile delinquecy instead of castigating your govt for doing no jack.

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  2. So much is blamed on lack of facilities for youths to while away their spare time but very little emphasis on youths learning how to be thinkers. What about those youths who are not sports inclined? how do you help them? Thinking the right thoughts has to be paramount. Help to train their parents, teachers and youth leaders on how to motivate children and you have built a nation that is teeming with success.

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    • Well said. The failure to uphold standards in education and lack of secondary school or skills training education and well as the scarcity of employment opportunities lead to more teenagers and young adults languishing on the streets with high frustrations. That is more likely to increase delinquency than any lack of sports facilities.

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  3. It seems someone has been reading Western newspapers and now wishes to pretend that he has made a profound discovery about the root of delinquency. The sports facilities argument might be true in countries where children have little access to areas where they can play outside and therefore need to have specific facilities. This is not the case in Zambia – children are perfectly able to play sports without the need for these facilities. Of course I m not arguing that these facilities would not be welcome, just that the lack of facilities does not explain the rise in delinquency – otherwise, there would be anarchy in Zambian villages, which there clearly is not.

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  4. Too much theory in Zambia! I kid knows (at least after burning its little fingers) that when you touch a hot plate, you are in trouble. This government knows all this theory and still they chose to dictate obvious matters to the people. Implementation Zero, diversification Zero ! someone help me close my ears please %-(

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  5. At least I know my leaders now. They like talking on well known problems, while implementation zero. Who needs to be told that re-creational facilities have collapsed. Do your work before talking.

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  6. **== i love zambia my country.it seems our are not honest enough to serve the people with intergrity and love bango kambakamba che! day in day out. all they care about is what is in it for them and not how much they must do for the poor zambians it unfortunate, may its because of their poor backgrounds, i dont know, lets what we their complaining children living in their wealthy homes can do as we join leadership

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