The Zambian government and its National Assembly has been urged to criminalize the practice of child marriage in the country if efforts to curb the vice are to bare long lasting impact and results.
Speaking during a phone interview Thursday night Musokotwane Compassion Mission Zambia (MCMZ), Executive Director, Sibbuku Genious Musokotwane has said that the practice of child marriage is detrimental to the development of its victims which also leads to violence, death, and negatively affects the socio-economic development of the country.
“Children whose childhood development opportunities were denied are more likely to endure hunger, poverty, violence and the worst effects of climate change as their livelihood opportunities are limited.” He said.
Mr. Musokotwane adds that in order to foster long lasting impactful measures to curb the practice of child marriage today and in the generations to come, government must move a motion to Parliament to pass a law that criminalizes the practice of child marriage.
“We caution those practicing child marriages to number their days as the long arm of the law will soon catch up with them.” He said.
The MCMZ team is in Kalomo on a campaign trial against child marriage among other lined up activities to mark the organization’s International Day of a Girl Child commemoration which is a United Nations Day of Girls and it is this year celebrated under the theme “Girl Force; Unscripted & Unstoppable”
“We know some of you like those in Katanda village think no police and other stakeholders would reach you; well, if government can bring you ballot papers to vote in an election, it must be a clear indication to you l that soon or later the law will catch up with you; let girls be girls and not brides.” Mr Musokotwane Said.
By Ricky Mwakwa