Senior Chief Madzimawe of the NGONI people of CHIPATA has punished parents who allowed their children to be dancing queens at a local tavern.
He says the parents will be cleaning a local clinic and a school for five days as part of a community service.
“These girls in particular were not drinking alcohol but were turned into dancing queens by someone who has been operating a tarven at the village and you can imagine that these are school going children at Madzimawe Primary School,” he said.
Chief Madzimawe says the owner of the tavern will be dealt with on Friday this week.
“I will not condone school going girls being paraded to dance at the village taverns and on Friday we are sorting out the owner of the tavern nicely,” he said.
And the traditional leader has punished one of his village headmen for running a secret unwritten law that aided early child marriages.
He says the headman and his assistant will give him three goats fines or face one month community service under customary law.
“I was surprised to learn that there is an unwritten law not to tell anyone if a child gets married and all this was not made known to me,” Chief Madzimawe said.
Speaking during a sensitisation meeting at CHITEU Village, the traditional leader says he will not condone moral decay in his Chiefdom as children should grow up into responsible Zambians.
“Things have been extremely bad regarding child marriages and public nuisances in the village where the village leadership had a secret law where his people where to tell no one about children getting married,” he said.
Chief MADZIMAWE says he has since created a village committee which he is looking forward to have a village that others can admire.