Monze, 13, ZANIS……..Chieftainess Choongo of the Tonga speaking people in Monze District says she will ‘cane’ her subjects if found wanting in denying their children education opportunity.
Chieftainess Choongo says it was important that her subjects educate their children as it enables them to realise their full potential and thereby become effective players in national development.
ZANIS reports that the her royal Highness said this in a speech read on her behalf by Ngambela Tyson Haamamba during youth day celebrations organized by World Vision held at Keemba Secondary School yesterday under the theme: “The Youths, Building a stable and Sustainable Future”.
She said she would not tolerate any of her subjects who deny children their right to education so that they can discover their ability to steer development in the chiefdom and the country at large.
“As we commemorate this important day, my caution to everyone in my chiefdom is that, I will not hesitate to punish anyone denying young people a better life through education and I therefore, urge you to put to an end practices such as early marriages and sending our children to herd cattle as all these vices hinder our children to get an education.
“God has given youths massive potential to be anything or anyone in life and it would be a great waste of future human resource if these youths are not given an opportunity to nurture their God given abilities to be better citizens of this land,” said the Traditional leader.
Chieftainess Choongo implored youths in her chiefdom to report their parents or guardians forcing them out of school to her palace so that she can deal with them appropriately.
“My message to you youths and children today is that is, if your parents or guardians force you out of school kindly report them to my palace so that I can deal with them appropriately,” said Chieftainess Choongo.
She noted that young people needed education for them to develop good morals and values to handle problems in a positive way and become better citizens.
“Young people have the power to transform the nation into a stable and sustainable future as they have the ability to fight for identity and lead the elderly into the right direction to fight for equality, unemployment, poverty and other social ills in society as long as they are given an opportunity to education,” she said.
She also urged the youths to be God fearing, obedient, honest, innovative and work hard in all their endeavours in order to positively contribute to a stable and sustainable future for themselves and the rest of citizens.
And World Vision Choongo Area Development Project (ADP) Manager, Mr. Alfred Chushi said there was need to continue giving youths platforms for them to express themselves on various issues affecting them.
Mr. Chushi said World Vision, which sponsored the event at the tune of about K19, 000, was happy to be part of the youth celebrations aimed at according youths the chance to interact and air issues affecting them.
The event attracted 17 schools in the area which competed in traditional dances, sketches, sack race, bottle race, poetry, and won various awards.