According to Rukwa Regional Commissioner Joachim Wangabo, early pregnancies hinder girls’ from achieving their life dreams as they cannot continue with studies.
RC Wangabo made the statement recently during a function to handover 35 motorbikes to ‘Bodaboda’ drivers who are active members of the new Bodaboda Sacoss with its headquarters in Sumbawanga District.
The motorbikes have been provided by the Sumbawanga District on loan basis under its programme which gears to economically empower youth, women and special groups.
He alleged that some motorbike drivers have been engaging in love affairs with school girls, the thing that poses danger to them as they risk imprisonment.
He said: “We want our girls to continue with education to higher levels, those impregnating schoolgirls will be punished according to the country laws.”
Wangabo said the region has come up with a special campaign dubbed ‘Mwache Mtoto Asome’ which aims to protect learning girls from any kind of violence as well as ensuring they complete their primary and secondary education without getting pregnant.
“Let us leave the girls to continue with their education, you are only allowed to engage in a love affairs with your fellow adults,” he said.
He however called upon the drivers to adhere to traffic rules and regulations when driving the motorbikes. He said drivers should be in the forefront to avoid accidents which have been causing deaths and injuring many people.
The RC said that in between June 2019 and June 2020, the region recorded a total of 32 road crashes that involved motorbikes. He said twelve people died due to the accidents hence the need for drivers to avoid reckless driving to reduce the number of accidents.
Earlier, Sumbawanga District Executive Director, Jacob Mtalitinya said the district issued loans amounting to 235.1m/- in the 2019/2020 financial year. The loans were given to women, youth and special groups including people with disabilities.
Mtalitinya informed that a total of 378 people have benefitted with the loans.
The central government requires district authorities to set aside 10 percent of its collected revenues for provision of loans to women entrepreneurs, youth and groups with special needs.