By ANDREW MUKOMA
UPND Livingstone aspiring parliamentary candidate Rodney Sikumba has encouraged citizens to champion the importance of girl child in society.
Mr Sikumba said that this will help address the negative influence that is portrayed against the girl child such as early marriages and child labour.
He observed that the church has a critical role to play and speak out against these vices.
Mr Sikumba, who is former Livingstone Tourism Association (LTA) chairman, urged parents to continue encouraging girls to be active members of groups such as the Girls Brigade in the United Church of Zambia (UCZ).
He was speaking during the enrolment and rededication service of first Livingstone Girls Brigade Company at Coillard Memorial Congregation of the UCZ on Sunday.
“It is our duty to teach the girls to be mature Christian women in our homes and community so that they can be responsible as well as being obedient children of God,” he said.
The UPND aspirant recognized the fundamental role the Girls Brigade played in shaping the girls become responsible, mature and God fearing women.
Mr Sikumba said that the occasion would help congregants to redefine the way they conduct themselves in the community and society as a whole.
The service was administered by Reverend Morgan Mambwe who congratulated the newly recruited brigades.