President Lungu has agreed to be on the board of trustee members of Executive Council for the Council of Traditional Leaders in Africa. He says society should change its perception towards the girl child and enable her attain her dreams just as a Male child.
President Lungu has agreed to be on the board of trustee members of Executive Council for the Council of Traditional Leaders in Africa. He says society should change its perception towards the girl child and enable her to attain her dreams just as a Male child.

President Edgar Lungu has hailed the Council of Traditional Leaders in Africa for their relentless fight against early marriages.

President Lungu said the Council of Traditional Leaders is an important forum for fighting harmful practices that infringe on the rights of the girl child.

The Head of State reiterated the government’s commitment to ensure that programmes related to eradicating early child marriages are fully supported.

President Lungu said this at State House today when the eight-member delegation from the Council of Traditional Leaders led by King Adedapo Adereni of Nigeria paid a courtesy call on him.

“There is urgent need to protect both the male and girl child from all infringements on their lives such as child marriages and female genital mutilation. I must commend you the Council of Traditional Leaders for the role you are playing in fighting this harmful scourge in Africa as a whole,” he said.

Council of Traditional Leaders in Africa Chairperson Adedapo Adereni of Nigeria described President Lungu as a leader of unity in whom the entire Africa is proud of.

King Adedapo Adereni said President Edgar Lungu is receiving applauds across Africa for having stood up for the girl child.

He pointed out that President Lungu is building on the legacy of Zambian’s Founding President Kenneth Kaunda.

King Adereni later requested President Edgar Lungu to be part of the Executive Board of Trustees for the Council of Traditional Leaders in Africa, once it is formed next year.

“President Lungu on behalf of all the traditional leaders in here and outside, I am putting it on record that you are a leader of unity and the entire Africa is proud of you. As I also congratulate you on your 55 years of Independence as a country, let me request that you become an executive board member of our council once its formed next year,” King Adereni stressed.

And President Lungu in acknowledging the request, expressed gratitude, saying it was humbling to note that Traditional leaders across Africa have confidence in him.

President Lungu assured the Council of Traditional Leaders in Africa that he will make himself available to serve on the board in his quest to fight child marriages.

The Head of State also praised Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni people who was present for having contributed to the eradication of child marriages in his area.

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  1. The misconception against early marriages is that these experts think it’s the parents that are always forcing their daughters into marriages. In some cases it’s the girls themselves that decide to elope even against the parents’ will. This is very common in low income communities and rural areas. So instead of ending their mission at State House they should visit rural areas where this is happening so that they get the correct data

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  2. Misplaced priorities. If lungu had any grey matter in his brain he would know that the cause of early marriage is the poverty that his party have caused. A hungry desperate girl will do anything to survive. My white wife did a lot of work in rural Zambia on projects to help girl child education. She decided to relocate due to the corruption and failure in your govt. We much happier here in Chelsea area of London.

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