CHIEF Kalunga of the Luchazi speaking people in Kabompo district has been praised for his efforts and commitment in fighting child marriages in his chiefdom.
North Western provincial education officer Steven Chishiko told journalists at his office that the traditional leader had come up with a strategy to work with various stakeholders with a sole purpose of bringing to an end child marriage in his chiefdom.
He said efforts by Chief Kalunga should be emulated by other traditional leaders in the province if the vice was to be brought to an end.
“The efforts by his Royal Highness Chief Kalunga cannot go without being appreciated. I have personally visited him at his palace and shared with us his vision for his chiefdom,” said Mr Chishiko said.
He also appealed to the church and other religious organisations to help in protecting the girl child by discouraging early marriages in communities.
“It is sad that some clergymen preside over weddings of young people who are underage and are forced to go into early marriage. That should come to an end,” he said.
Mr Chishiko appealed to women and girls to take advantage of the various programmes that Government has introduced such as girls’ education empowerment to enable more young girls complete their education and improve their living standards.
“Under this programme some women and girls will be empowered financially while others will be empowered with skills and knowledge to enable them
become self-reliant,” he said.