COMMUNITY Development and Social Welfare Minister, Emerine Kabanshi, speaking when she officiated at this year’s Youth Day commemorations held at David Kaunda stadium in Chipata on Saturday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN MUKOBEKO/ZANIS
COMMUNITY Development and Social Welfare Minister, Emerine Kabanshi, speaking when she officiated at this year’s Youth Day commemorations held at David Kaunda stadium in Chipata on Saturday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN MUKOBEKO/ZANIS

Community Development and Social Welfare Minister Emerine Kabanshi says no meaningful development in Luapula Province if girls continue being married off early.

And Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa called on youths in the province to do their best in whatever they do if they are to develop the country.

Mrs Kabanshi says it is saddening that most girls of school going age in the are being married off at a tender age at the expensive of going to school, a situation she said does not break the chain of poverty.

She warned that government will not tolerate any parent that marries off their children at a tender age.

ZANIS reports that the Community Development and Social Welfare Minister said this when she in the company of Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa received cyclist who cycled from Lusaka to Samfya to raise awareness on the importance of girl child education and the Luapula Province Exposition slated for 26 to 31 July 2017.

Mrs Kabanshi says there is need to develop Luapula Province if vices like child marriages are to be curbed.

The minister who is also Luapula Constituency Member of Parliament said government and members of parliament from Luapula are aware of the need to develop Luapula Province urgently hence various intervention being put in place.

She cited the Luapula Exposition slated for July 26 2017 as one such example that the province is doing to speed up the development of the province.

And Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa called on youths in the province to do their best in whatever they do if they are to develop the country.

Mr Chilangwa says youths should resist to being used in bad vices saying the cyclists have shown that youths can be used for productive things.

He assured cyclists that the energy they have used in promoting girl child education and the exposition will only be repaid if the leadership in Luapula Province works hard for the benefit of the youths.

Meanwhile one of the cyclists, Emmanuel Munsanje reviewed that the task of cycling from Lusaka to Samfya was tough but fulfilling to most of the cyclists.

He said the cycling marathon has taught them a lesson that, if people wants to succeed they have to work together.

Four cyclists took part in the over 600 Kilometers journey from Lusaka to Samfya under the theme, “imagine Me”, aimed at raising awareness of the importance of girl child education and the Luapula Exposition.

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  1. Madam you are another minister who makes statement but can you elaborate on how early child marriages stop developemnt. Early chlid marriages are wrong but to say it ,imits development is just beyond belief. Where did ypu come up with this totally unsubstantiated correlation. Madam at your lwvel you shouls substantiate your rhetoric.
    Maybe some people in luapualla province lack the education to critique your speech ,but hey girl not everybody lacks education. Did you actually read your speech and analyse what you were sayimg. Madam you have no logically reasoning capacity other in your own ego. What a load of horse…..t. illogical speech deceiving pipo with limited education skills..are u proud

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