Kelvin Sampa commends NGO fighting child marriages

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A Renowned businessman who is also Kasama Central Member of Parliament in Northern Province of Zambia has commended Southern Province based non governmental organization, Musokotwane Compassion Mission Zambia (MCMZ) for its consistency in the fight against child marriages.

Speaking at a breakfast meeting held in Southern Province’s capital, Choma, Kasama Central MP, Hon. Kelvin Mutale Sampa said law makers in the country must be challenged to support and replicate Musokotwane Compassion Mission Zambia’s work across the country.

Hon. Sampa added that there is so much to learn from the experiences and challenges faced by the organization in the fight against child marriages in order to best improve laws made by parliamentarians in advancing the protection of a girl and boy child from forced, early and child marriage.

He further stated that Musokotwane Compassion Mission Zambia is doing a very commendable, visible job in the fight against child marriages which deserves to be appreciated by both law makers in the country and the government.

Hon. Sampa who reaffirmed his commitment to continue supporting the organization’s work, further called on government and the business community to support bridge gaps faced by Musokotwane Compassion Mission Zambia in curbing the scourge of child marriages and widen their capacity to respond against the vice.

And speaking at the same meeting, Musokotwane Compassion Mission Zambia (MCMZ), Executive Director, Sibbuku Genious Musokotwane said the organization has recorded seven (07) success stories of girls retrieved from child marriages and sexual abuse in the first quarter of the year 2018.

Mr. Musokotwane categorically mentions that among the most touching success stories include but not limited to a 13 year old girl who was retrieved from a forced child marriage and has never been in school before but, now she has been enrolled in school through a partnership with a local private school, Faithwood Christian School who are the child’s sponsors, and the office of Choma District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) office who helped identify a school that would help provide education services to best suit her needs.

Mr. Musokotwane thanked Hon. Kelvin Mutale Sampa and other partners for their unreserved support for the organization and commitment to improve lives of rural girls subjected to forced, early and child marriages.

Mr. Musokotwane further said the practice of child marriage remains a health hazard to victims, and is a setback to Zambia’s attainment of a prosperous meddle income country as contained in the country’s vision 2030 hence there is need to support efforts to stop child marriages.

The breakfast meeting was also attended by MCMZ board member, Mr. Jones Mulomba and its partners.

This is contained in a statement made available to the media through the office of the MCMZ Executive Director.