Prof. Nkandu Luo (c)
Prof. Nkandu Luo (c)

THE sugar daddy syndrome has contributed to an increase in the number of teenage pregnancies, Minister of Gender and Child Development Nkandu Luo has said.
Professor Luo said most teenage girls go to sugar daddies for monetary and other material gains.

Speaking on the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) National Watch programme dubbed “Increase in the number of teenage pregnancies” in Lusaka yesterday, Professor Luo said it is very unfortunate that these men know how vulnerable and naïve young girls are but they go ahead and take advantage of them.

“Teenage pregnancy is a very serious problem and it comes because our children do not get enough exposure to help them make well-informed decisions,” she said.

The minister said teenage pregnancies can also be attributed to poverty levels in the country and households headed by grandparents who are tired and have no capacity to raise children.

Prof Luo said Government is concerned with the increase in teenage pregnancies and that the problem can be dealt with by having recreation facilities that will help in child development.

“Playing is part of development and our schools must be structured in a way that helps children play,” she said.

And Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia (FAWEZA) executive director Agnes Shipanuka said that it is unfortunate that many children do not complete school due to lack financial support.

“Restraining from schools because of financial lack has also led to teenage pregnancies because these children will have nothing to do in society” she said.

A teacher at Lusaka’s Great North Road Academy Gift Shikapundwe said parents don not spend time with their children which has led them to source guidance from other places such as social networks.

“These children have access to pornographic sites and their parents do not have time to see what they do on these sites,” he said.

Mr Shikapundwe urged girls to stop making careless decisions and falling pregnant simply because they will be re-admitted.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. The law on the victims is also too weak. Honestly how can someone impregnates a teenager and left free. Govt should look at how to stiffen the law against the perpetrators of the vice. Young girls will never stop seducing men whether empowered with skills or money. They too know that what lies at the centre of their body unique.

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  2. Provocative dressing has contributed alot.Honestly speaking,women in general and girls in particular are wearing seductive fashions meant to entice unsuspecting men.In the end,the blame game falls on me.Go to unza,everlyn hone and nipa.

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  3. Let’s hope she meant what is said. However to me the same follows the realisation that she has lost market to the so called teenagers

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  4. But ba Mask Luo, Khikikiki….you think these kids are not told at Church for instance, that you cant sleep or screw a man of your dad’s age??? They are….Its just hunger, poverty and peer pressure.. Address the first too asap because the third one is impossible

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  5. What about some former Presudo who married a women younger than his last born right here Pa zed? What would you call that?

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  6. The best way is to under take a formal research to find out the root causes, we cannot be making important policy decisions based on guess work. Where are all the intellectuals in zambia who boast of degrees and are busy writing articles in the press? Please do a research.

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    • @umutima, I am with you!! Who has told them that all teenage pregnancies are from sugar dadies?? There are more teenagers or just younger people who are in Colleges or Universities who are impregnating their fellow peers than there are sugar dadies guilty of this behaviour.Let them do a research to find the real causes of diverse cases of teenage pregnancy and then formulate appropriate laws and policies to address them rather than speaking from without! That is why we fail to solve problems and we go on complaining for ages…! Even the so called NGOs in such cases think by merely talking about the problem without tackling the real cause then they are working since they are heard in newspapers!

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  7. The govt should introduce a nation service programme focussing agriculture where the children will spend at least two year for them to be eligible to bursary and college / university enrollment.

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  8. Luckily sugar mommies do not get pregnant, otherwise we would have seen an increase in young males making these Nkandu Luo type of women pregnant.

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  9. The outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the world’s most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership.

    The $5m (£3.2m) award is given each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.

    But the previous award was the fourth in five years to have gone unclaimed.

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    • Could the stup!d liar and conman, Sata have won this prize?

      Lets face the facts, Zambians elect stup!d id!ots for President, Levy excluded.

      What have we got now? A no-plan m0r0n that is following Satas legacy?

      Wake up Zambians, these so-called “politicians” are stealing your money and taking you for a ride!

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