We’ll protect children rights, says President Hichilema
By SIMON MUNTEMBA
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema says while in office, he will ensure that children are protected and given maximum support to attain their full potential.
President Hichilema said his administration would also pass a bill in Parliament that shall protect the children’s rights.
Speaking during the commemoration of World’s Children’s Day at Kazungula Bridge yesterday, President Hichilema said he would ensure that the Children’s Code Bill was legislated into an Act.
Mr Hichilema was among other leaders including President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi of Bostwana, President Hage Gainob of Namibia, and Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the commemoration of World’s Children’s Day at Kazungula Bridge.
He said it was critical for those in leadership to work with their children to resolve issues they were faced with.
The Head of State explained that the introduction of free education at primary level was aimed at securing the future of the young people.
President Hichilema also emphasized on the need to improve the mortality rate by investing in maternal care.
Meanwhile, young people from the four countries asked the Heads of States from their respective countries to develop policies that would promote their interests.
Zambia’s Unicef Global Children’s Summit Advisory Council Member Yande Banda appealed to President Hichilema to appoint a Special Assistant that could look at issues of young people in Zambia.
She noted with sadness that the children had for a long time been sidelined in decision making processes by successive governments.
Earlier, the President wrote on his Facebook page that he together with the First lady, Mutinta, arrived in Botswana to attend a meeting whose central focus was children’s rights.
He was also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with leaders from neighbouring countries and discuss issues of mutual interest.
President Hichilema said top on his agenda was expediting trade and investment opportunities in areas of agriculture exports.
“Each step we make, we are conscious of the need to create jobs and business opportunities for Zambians,” he said.