Pupils suspend learning in preference to stealing from moving trucks

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Several male Pupils at Mukungwa Primary School in Shiwang`andu district have stopped learning in preference to steal from moving trucks. A concerned parent Mwamba Mulenga said a number of male pupils at Mukungwa School have stopped going to school as they have ventured in stealing goods from trucks when they approach an uphill.

Mr. Mulenga confirmed the development in an interview with the ZANIS in Shiwang`andu yesterday. He said that it is alleged that business men from Mpika are encouraging the young ones to engage in such behaviour as they are buying the stolen goods from them at a cheaper price.

Mr. Mulenga said that youths in the area find stealing as their major source of income, hence the need for government to intervene and construct Youth resource centres in the district and empower them through Youth Empowerment funds. Meanwhile, Chief Mukwikile also confirmed the development to ZANIS in a separate telephone interview.

The traditional leader said he has received reports that some people in Mukungwa Village including pupils offload goods when trucks are ascending an uphill along the Great North Road.

The Chief has since appealed to the Zambia Police Service in Shiwang`andu to investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book. And when reached for a comment Shiwang`andu Education Board Secretary Annie Mutambo said her office has not received any report of pupils from Mukungwa abandoning classes. Ms Mutambo said her office is finding it difficult to monitor schools regularly due to lack of transportation. ENDS/

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