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President Lungu Launches Issuance of Birth Certificates

Luangwa, 5TH June, 2020, ZANIS——President Edgar Lungu has launched the issuance of birth certificates to girl children in schools in Luangwa district. Speaking when he presented the first two birth certificates to the girl child at Feira day Secondary school in Luangwa, President Lungu urged the recipients to look after them jealously. President Lungu also counselled would be recipients of the birth certificates to treasure them as the documents would help determine their age in future. Senior Chief Mburuma, Chief Mphuka, Infrastructure and Housing Minister Vincent Mwale and Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo, were among those who witnessed the event. And Speaking earlier Minister of Gender Elizabeth Phiri informed the President that the programme was being done in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs with support from the JEWEL project. Ms Phiri explained that determining the ages of girls in defilement cases had been a huge challenge. She hoped that through the issuance of birth certificates, determining their ages in such cases would be easy. The Minister said the programme will be rolled out to other schools.