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Question: Should condoms be distributed in Zambian schools?

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- The Zambia government says it is not in support of plans by some civil society organizations to start distributing condoms in secondary schools as one way to tackle unwanted pregnancies.

This follows reports in some local media that some civil society organizations involved in reproductive health plan to start distributing condoms and contraceptives to pupils in secondary schools to curb teenage pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Minister of Religious Affairs and National Guidance Godfridah Sumaili says the government is opposed to the distribution of condoms in schools because it is currently battling the problems of early marriages and teen pregnancies.

She told reporters that organizations planning to distribute condoms in schools will have no blessing from the government because doing so would be encouraging children to engage in immorality and sex before marriage.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has been clear about the importance of upholding morals in the country and this was highlighted during his recent address to lawmakers when he called for stakeholders to take leading roles in inculcating high standards of morals in young people.

Stakeholders have since condemned plans to distribute condoms in schools as this may erode morals of pupils.

The Basic Education Teachers of Zambia (BETUZ), one of the teacher unions in the country, said distribution of condoms in schools amounted to indirectly inciting sexual indulges among pupils.

Kakunta Kabika, the union’s spokesperson said it is unfortunate that the country’s cultural values were being diluted by modern trends being championed by some civil society groupings.

The distribution of condoms and contraceptives in schools will only arouse indecent curiosity among pupils and lead them into practicing sex, he added.

According to him, instead of distributing condoms and contraceptives to pupils, the organizations should come up with more decent ways of teaching teenagers about sexuality and dangers of sexually transmitted diseases.

The views have also been supported by the National AIDS Council (NAC), a government agency that coordinates HIV/AIDS programs in the country, which believes young people should be equipped with knowledge and behavioral change instead of giving them condoms.

The organization said there is need to promote behavioral change among young people through sensitization programs on sexual reproductive health.

The promotion of comprehensive sexuality education to schools will empower adolescents to be aware of the dangers of indulging in sex.

Some parents in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, have since experienced shock that some organizations would be contemplating the idea of distributing condoms in schools, saying it was a recipe for increased sexual immorality.

“This is unheard of and whoever wants to do this should think twice because it will destroy our children. There are certain things that children are not supposed to be exposed to,” Jane Banda, a 40-year-old civilian said.

Stewart Lungu, a 39-year-old teacher said introducing condoms in schools is not the best solution to tackle teen pregnancies or fight sexually transmitted diseases.

Zambia has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in sub-Saharan Africa with 1.2 million people currently living with the HIV, according to health authorities.

The government has rolled out a number of programs to tackle the spread of HIV/AIDS, among them the distribution of condoms.

According to figures, unprotected heterosexual sex drives the country’s HIV epidemic, with about 90 percent of new infections recorded as a result of not using a condom.



Zambian leader cancels Egypt trip after attacks

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambian President Edgar Lungu has canceled his visit to Egypt following an explosion inside a church in the Egyptian Nile Delta city of Tanta on Sunday, his office said on Monday.

On Sunday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba had announced that Lungu was this week expected to travel to Egypt for a state-visit at the invitation of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

But presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda said the trip has been canceled due to the security problem in Egypt after the attack.

The trip will be undertaken later this year, he added in a statement.

The Sunday bomb attack at Mar Girgis Church of Tanta city in Gharbiya Province left at least 27 dead and 78 wounded. A following suicide bombing at Saint Mark’s Church of the coastal city of Alexandria also killed 17 and injured 48, according to Egypt’s health ministry.

The Egyptian president has since declared a three-month state of emergency.


Opposition party denies blocking Zambian leader’s motorcade

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambia’s leading opposition party on Monday denied reports that it deliberately blocked President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade on Saturday.

The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has come under attack over the incident with television footages showing their leader Hakainde Hichilema’s convoy traveling side by side with Lungu’s motorcade on a road in western Zambia’s Mongu district.

The two leaders were in the district for a traditional ceremony.

Kakoma Kanganja, the Inspector-General of the Police has promised that action will be taken after he gets a full report on what transpired because it endangered the life of the Zambian leader.

But Charles Kakoma, the spokesperson of the opposition party said the party was law abiding and could have stopped to allow Lungu to pass if they had noticed his motorcade.

“We would have courteously given way to the motorcade carrying Edgar Lungu had we seen it coming. Assertions that we opted to drive side by side with the motorcade that was carrying Lungu are not a true reflection of what transpired,” he said in a statement.

According to him, there was no prior warning to alert the opposition convoy that the presidential motorcade was near.

Meanwhile, Lungu’s office has condemned the opposition leaders for putting their lives in danger by obstructing the presidential motorcade.



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