- She has also demanded for a full action-taken report so that Government can begin to deal with such matters from the sources.
By KALOBWE BWALYA
VICE President Inonge Wina has directed the Ministry of General Education to investigate the death of a pupil from Kabulonga Boys Secondary School who lost his life due to violence by fellow pupils.
Ms Wina has also directed the ministry to apply stern measures aimed at addressing bullying and violence, among other vices in schools throughout the country.
She has also demanded for a full action-taken report so that Government can begin to deal with such matters from the sources.
Ms Wina said parents and teachers through the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) must take measures to curb such vices in future.
The Vice President said this in a speech read for her by Justice Minister Given Lubinda at the commemoration of the Human Rights Day at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka yesterday.
She described the circumstances that led to the death of the pupil as barbaric because human dignity and rights, which underpin the declaration of human rights become meaningless in such cases.
Ms Wina also called on all Zambians, especially women to stand up and advance human rights and peace in the community.
And United Nations resident coordinator Coumba Mar Gadio said ,Zambia is confronted by social economic shocks like the rest of the world due to Covid-19 and that this has also challenged the country’s ability to stand up for human rights.
Dr Gadio said the Covid-19 outbreak has shown the UN that it has a lot of work to do in strengthening the resilience and capacities of countries to respond better to such shocks.
Meanwhile, European Union delegation to Zambia deputy Head of mission and Chargé d’ Affaires Bruno Hanses reaffirmed the EU’s commitment to protect and promote the universality of Human Rights, regardless of who violates or questions them, inside or out
ide of the European borders.
And Human Rights Commissioner Wamundila Waliuya urged Government to ensure empowerment funds meant to cushion the impact of Covid-19 are delivered equally and in an inclusive manner.
The theme for this year’s Human Rights Day Commemoration is ‘Recover better, stand up for human rights.”