Nevers promises new law on ‘negligent’ parents

MMD president Nevers Mumba says if he wins the January 20 presidential election, he will introduce a law to prosecute parents who fail to send their children to school.

Dr Mumba said his government would work with the private sector to ensure that every child would have access to education.

“We will make a law that every parent who fails to take his or her child to school was committing an offence and they would be liable to prosecution,” he said.

Dr Mumba said children should be educated so that they could be experts in innovations and technology in the country.

Addressing a rally in Chinsali on Saturday, he said young people should not just use innovations which were developed by whites but come up with local innovations.

On the decision by MMD national executive committee to endorse former president Rupiah Banda for the January presidential elections, Dr Mumba said it was a rumour.

He said he would soon launch his presidential campaign on the Copperbelt.

“On what you are hearing that Rupiah Banda wants to stand, what I can say is that MMD has one president and one constitution. So who is supposed to stand as president? Those are just rumours and let them be so,” Dr Mumba said.

He said he went to Chinsali to strengthen the residents so that they could work together.

Dr Mumba appealed to Chinsali residents to support him and encourage him to “overcome a difficult phase” because he believed that with their backing nothing could stop him from becoming the president.