Government formulating a marriage act to curb early marriages.

The Ministry of Gender and Child Development says it is in the process of formulating a marriage act.

Gender Minister, Victoria Kalima, says the formation of the marriage act will help clarify who a child is and will reduce cases of early marriages.

Speaking during a live program on Breeze FM, Ms. Kalima explained that in some instances, a person is taken to be a child when she is below the age of 16, while the constitution describes a child as anyone below the age of 18.

Ms. Kalima, who is also Kasenengwa Member of Parliament, says her ministry will ensure that a girl child is protected from all forms of violence.

She says government is also looking at ways of criminalising child marriage.

Ms. Kalima says parents and guardians, who are perpetrators of the vice, will be prosecuted.

She further indicated that government is contemplating banning some initiation ceremonies, which are contributing to high cases of early marriages.

Sinda Day Secondary School to start operating in 2018

The thirty-eight million Kwacha Sinda Day Secondary school will be operational in January next year.

Eastern Province Education Officer Allan Lingambe says he is confident that though the infrastructure at the learning institution is not yet fully complete, it will be ready to be operationalized by January.

He says that all the 27 staff houses and ten classrooms have already been done and that the only works such as electric fittings and paintings are yet to be done.

Dr. Lingambe also notes that the assembly hall, the sick bay and part of the administration block have not yet been completed.

He states that the contractor Zhong Mei Construction Company is currently carrying out some finishing works on the project.

Dr. Lingambe said the school is already gazetted and 25 teachers and elven general workers have already been employed but have been temporarily re-deployed to other schools waiting for the school to be ready.

He observes that the school whose works started in 2010 has delayed to be completed due to delayed payments by Government.

 

Government to get support to rehabilitate theatre in Petauke

Government will receive financial support for the rehabilitation of the theatre, at Petauke district hospital which is currently in a deplorable state.

Eastern Province Medical Director Abel Kabalo says JHPIEGO and SIDA, the Swedish International Development Authority, have declared interest to support the rehabilitation of the theatre.

He says that the hospital requires a total of 400, 000 Kwacha for full rehabilitation and that the two partners will only support the rehabilitation of the theatre.

He stated that the Bill of Quantity, BOQ is being done and that a contractor is soon expected to move on site.

And Dr. Kabalo, says that there is need to rehabilitate other infrastructure, such as the wards and dental department, to ensure that the health facility continues to operate as a hospital.

Dr. Kabalo noted that Petauke hospital, has been experiencing operational problems due to the dilapidated state of the infrastructure, which was constructed in the 1960s.

And Petauke Medical Superintendent Ireen Chanda, explained that the roof of the facility is on the verge of collapsing, with some leakages on a number of water pipes.

Dr. Chanda stated the hospital, which has been in existence for over 50 years without major infrastructure renovation and replenishing, needs immediate attention.