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The AU Summit commends President Edgar Lungu for championing the fight against child marriage

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THE 33rd African Union Heads of State Summit has commended President Edgar Lungu for his commitment and continued efforts to the fight against child marriage.

The Assembly of the Union in its Decisions, Declarations and Resolutions adooted by the Assembly, they recognized the role that President Lungu has played on the continent since assuming the role of AU Champion in ending child marriages.

The Assembly also committed to keeping the topic of child marriages on its agenda until the vice was eliminated.

The African Union also reaffirmed the Assembly’s commitment to the AU Campaign on Ending Child Marriages.

The Assembly also committed to keep the fight and campaigns against child marriages at national, regional and continental level.

The AU further requested Member States to report regularly to the AUC on progress made towards implementation of policies on ending child marriage.

In his Report to summit on the progress Africa has made towards ending child marriages , President Lungu said 29 Member States out of the 55 had launched Ending Child marriage campaigns within their communities .

The President encouraged other Member States who had not launched the campaign to do so through community mobilization and to take ownership and accountability to end child marriage.

President Lungu also reiterated his call for Member States to ensure that harmful practices such as child marriages and female genital mutilation were eliminated from the Continent.

He said the elimination of harmful practices could be achieved through stakeholder involvement that includes among others, religious and traditional leaders, youth and the civil society organizations.

President also said despite the numerous achievements the campaign had attained, ending child marriage was an uphill battle that required a collective effort.

He said there was need to focus on also focus on the high levels of teen pregnancies and the need to ensure that adolescents had access to sexual and reproductive health services.

The President disclosed that the 3rd African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriages will be held in June 2020 alongside The Day of the African Child.

The event is expected to address themes on zero tolerance on gender-based violence, including the campaign’s hashtag on “enough with the silence,” which focuses on girls that have experienced trauma in conflict and humanitarian situations as well as girls with disabilities.

President Lungu said this in a report presented for him by Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Christopher Yaluma during the 33rd Ordinary Session for Heads of States and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Summit that was held under the theme Silencing the Guns has officially closed.

This is according to press statement issued by Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza, First Secretary-Press& Tourism at the Zambian Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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UNZA to reopen for physical learning for non-graduating students in a phased manner

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THE University of Zambia (UNZA) says it will reopen for physical learning for non-graduating students in a phased manner starting next week on Monday, 28th September.

UNZA Acting Head of Communication Dr Brenda Bukowa said all students from the four schools at Ridgeway Campus will open for physical learning on 28th September, 2020.

Dr Bukowa also said all 3rd year Natural Sciences and all 3rd Veterinary Medicine students at the Great East Road Campus shall also open for physical learning on Monday, 28th September, 2020.

She further said all 4th year Engineering, Mines, and Agricultural Sciences students at the Great East Road campus will as well open for physical learning on the same date.

And Bukowa said all the students not mentioned in the listed categories will continue with E-learning and should follow the already existing sessional dates until further notice.

She said the decision has been necessitated by the lack of available bedspaces after Management’s decision to accommodate all final year and graduating students, in line with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 directive and guidelines not to accommodate more than two students per room.

Dr Bukowa added that the decision to open the institution to physical learning for science based schools only, is aimed at affording them access to laboratory facilities to conduct their practical sessions while at the same time adhering to COVID-19 regulations.

She also said out of all the students who have been allowed to reopen for physical classes, only those who were accommodated previously will be allocated bedspaces.

She said the rest of the students should make their own arrangements for alternative accommodation.

“Also note that, all non-graduating students who were accommodated and paid for the bed spaces but are continuing with E-learning, the fee is discounted this academic year and shall be carried forward to the next academic year,” said Dr Bukowa.

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RTSA revokes licences for PSV drivers violating traffic rules and regulations

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RTSA Chief Executive Officer Gladwell Banda has revoked the Driving Licences for four Public Service Vehicle (PSV) drivers for violating traffic rules and regulations.

According to a statement issued by RTSA Head of Public Relations Frederick Mubanga, Banda said the affected drivers neglected their responsibility to drive with due care, thereby, causing deaths.

Banda named one of the affected drivers as Enock Malama who caused the death of five people and nine sustained injuries due to excessive speed in Serenje on Monday.

In another incident, Banda said another driver named as Hestrone Kapembwa, on 11th May 2020 caused death of one person by driving at an excessive speed along the Great North Road, Chaisa area in Lusaka.

“The third driver, Mr. Anthony Mwamba caused a road traffic accident along Great North Road at Kabangwe area due to careless driving, while the fourth driver, Mr. Robert Banda caused an accident along Great North Road at S.O.S traffic circle due to excessive speed,” Banda said.

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Entreprenueship or Sex Education, where should our focus be?

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By Amb. Emmanuel Mwamba

I have been privileged here at the African Union to immerse myself in the debate about Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH&R).

I have been privileged to have traveled to the USA, twice, to specifically to represent Africa to discuss these two programmes being unleashed on Africa.

Is our problem sex or poverty?

I think the focus should be implementing comprehensive entrepreneurship education than aggressively funding Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).

We will benefit more from vocational, money, business and trade training than Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).

CSE was designed to make the next generation “less homophobic”, accept sex as a matter of right and exclude parents from sex education of their own children and adolescent to promote “Its my body, its my right”!.

More and more countries are calling for the discardment of CSE and for the adoption of a sex education that is friendly, approved by parents, the Church and stakeholders.

CSE is like those IMF Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAP) now held in shame!

No matter how much you “localise” the content, no matter how you make it “cultural sensitive”, at the heart of CSE is a determined goal to achieve, sexualise children, make them less “homophobic”, and let them know that sex is a right with whoever they wish to have it with.

No matter how determined our experts were, SAP achieved its goals: de-industrialised our economy, liquidated our state-owned enterprises and shifted us to an import-oriented and dependent economy.

So is CSE! CSE was designed for a purpose and will receive huge funding from the cooperating partners and sponsors to achieve the purpose it was created for.

CSE has a twin partner that is also co-heavily funded, the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SHR&H) which promotes adolescent sexual rights, sexual orientation, and abortions.

The solution to child marriages, teen pregnancies, sexual abuse and unwanted pregnancies may not lie in CSE and SRH&R.

Our traditions have rich sex education that can be adapted, modernised and adopted without eroding our culture, without insulting our religion, and without polarizing the parents and withoutadopting CSE programmes.

Why don’t we invest in our indigenous and tested knowledge?

This is not an experts’ issue, it is a parents’ issue.

Africa has been raped, defiled, enslaved and bankrupted but, has stood the test of time and foreign pressure and invasions because of its culture and traditions.

The two programs are designed to dismantle that!

Imagine if the $300million earmarked for Zambia for CSE was spent on entrepreneurship training and support!

We can unleash an economic beast in our young people!

Bane, ukwali insoke, takwafwile muntu.

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