A CHURCH mother body has maintained its stance against the move by Government to introduce Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and has since called for the suspension of the program immediately.
In a follow-up communique against the introduction of CSC, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) board chairperson Bishop Paul Mususu said CSE must be withdrawn and let the nation return to its drawing board for the drafting of a family-centered sexuality education approach which will secures Zambia’s posterity.
“We are glad that a number of CSOs in their latest press release do acknowledge the need to engage in wide consultations with key stake holders such as parents, religious leader’s traditional authorities, parliamentarians, and many others, who were left out in the initial pilot conducted in three districts of Eastern province and the eventual roll out that followed, alongside the signing of the East and Southern Africa (ESA) Commitment,” Bishop Mususu said.
He said CSE in its current design remains a fundamental threat to the well-being of the children, adolescents and threatens the moral fiber, cultural and religious standing of the country.
Bishop Mususu said the church takes strong exception to the assertion by some CSOs that objections advanced against CSE are allegedly unfounded, ill intended and not evidenced based.
“How can the voices of parents, we represent and to whom the children belong, be ill intended? Can CSOs claim more concern for the welfare of children that the parents who have raised them? We put it on record that some of the parents who have voiced concerns are employees of the ministry of education,” he said.
The clergy further states that the church is on firm ground with evidence from independent reviewers demonstrating a high failure rate of school-based CSE programmes internationally.
“While it is acknowledged that reproductive health related problems such as unwanted pregnancies, early marriages or HIV and other challenges facing adolescents may be closely linked to “insufficient knowledge about sexuality and reproduction”, it is a category error to claim that CSE is the ‘sliver’ bullet solution, especially in the manner it is currently couched, locally and globally, he added.
He however expressed gratitude to the Minister of Education Dennis Wanchinga, whom he said, took time to hear and accept the submissions against the continued implementation of CSE programme in its current format in schools across the country.
“Further, we are grateful that following our initial presentation, Dr Wanchinga, arranged a meeting with a team of his senior technocrats at the Ministry to discuss the background and context of the CSE programme with us,” Bishop Mususu said.
It’s a “new dawn” for 700 inmates set free by President Hakainde Hichilema.
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has pardoned 700 inmates from various correctional facilities countrywide in commemoration of Zambia’s 57th Independence anniversary.
Speaking at a media briefing , Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security. Jack Mwiimbu said among the pardoned inmates are 642 males, 10 of whom are old aged while 58 are females, 24 of them with circumstantial children
Mr Mwiimbu said the pardoning of the inmates will allow for social distancing in correctional facilities to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
He said the move by the President will also go a long way on in addressing congestion in correctional centers which currently have 23,062 as of today, October 23rd 2021 at 06:00hrs.
“As you may be aware 200 inmates are admitted at various Correctional Facility per week,” he said.
And the Minister has directed the Zambia Correctional Service to urgently submit full inventory of all the inmates and remandees with the corresponding offences and length of stay in all the correctional centers in the country.
“I have directed the Correctional Facility to submit an inventory of all inmates. I would like to that President Hichilema for exercising his prerogative of mercy, this will go a long way in decongesting the facilities,” he said.
PF is not shaken about the intended asset recovery programme, says Given Lubinda
PATRIOTIC Front Vice President Given Lubinda says the party is not shaken about the intention by the UPND administration to embark on the asset recovery programme.
In an interview, Mr Lubinda has since advised the UPND government to quickly start the programme.
He said the sooner the programme is embarked on, the better it will be for the UPND government to end the drama of insinuating and banding all PF members as thieves.
“If they are members of the PF that they know as thieves let them pursue those specific people, instead of labelling the whole party as an organisation of thieves.
Mr Lubinda added that it is not true that every one in the PF is a thief, hence the sooner they do it the better.
He has since urged the UPND government to ensure the program is conducted in a legal manner by following all the laid down government procedure.
“They are welcome and let them proceed to do so,” Mr Lubinda said.
Police arrest Kampyongo in Shiwang’andu for malicious damage to property
POLICE have arrested Andrew Kampyongo aged 41 and Kellyson Chilekwa aged 29 both of Village Teleni, Chief Mukwikile, District in Shiwang’andu for Malicious Damage to Property.
In a media statement, Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has told Mwebantu that Kampyongo and Chilekwa allegedly maliciously damaged a samsung cell phone valued at K1,000 property of Mike Mulenga aged 40 of Village Chafilwa, Chief Mukwikile, District Shiwang’andu.
He said the duo is also alleged to have damaged a front screen for a Toyota Land Cruiser Registration AAK 1031 valued at K4,500 and Rear tail lights valued at K750 property of Dr Albert Munanga.
Mr Hamoonga said Kampyongo and Chilekwa also damaged JVC Speakers valued at K12,000 property of the United Party for National Development (UPND) Party.
He said the total value of damaged properties is K18,250.
Mr Hamoonga said the incidents are alleged to have occurred on July 10 this year at around 10:00 hours at Kalalantekwe Market Square, Chief Mukwikile, District Shiwang’andu.
“They have been detained in Police Custody and will appear in Court soon,” hee said.