Parliamentary Caucus on Children commits to supporting the Child Code Bill

The Parliamentary Caucus on Children (PCC) has strongly committed to supporting the Child Code Bill once it is tabled before the National Assembly for enactment into law. Mr Joseph Munsanje, Member of Parliament for Mbabala Constituency and Chairperson of the PCC, giving his remarks on behalf of the Caucus during an engagement meeting between the PCC, Save the Children and Children Activists held at Taj Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka on Thursday, 9th June, 2022, informed the meeting that the PCC will vigorously lobby all MPs to ensure that the bill garners the required threshold to pass into law. The Chairperson called upon all cooperating partners involved in children welfare to consider partnering with the PCC in ensuring that capacity is built within MPs for them to effectively provide oversight on the Child Code Bill.

Meanwhile, Child activists Mundia Lubinda (17), Pohamba Phiri (14) and Thawana Kangamba (16) appealed to members of the PCC to support the Child Code Bill when presented for enactment in Parliament. The children who also had the opportunity to interact with the Law Makers on the status of children in Zambia explained thebenefits of enacting the Child Code Bill. The children were optimistic that once enacted, the Bill would guarantee them the rights to Survival, Development, Protection and Participation as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC) which Zambia ratified on 6th December, 1991. 

In closing, the PCC expressed its gratitude to Save the Children for facilitating an engagement meeting to discuss among other interests, safeguarding the welfare of children that make up over 50% of the Zambian population. The PCC was represented by Mr Joseph S Munsanje, MP (PCC Chairperson), Mr. Twaambo Mutinta, MP (Vice Chairperson), Mr Sydney Mushanga, MP (Vice Treasurer), Ms Maureen Mabonga, MP (Treasurer) and Ms Brenda Nyirenda, MP (Vice Secretary), whilst Save the Children was represented by Mr Ian Vale, Regional Director for East and Southern Africa  and Mrs. Jo Musonda, Country Director.