MUYANI SHINJABALE writes
THE return of streetkids on the streets has worried the clergy and other stakeholders in Ndola
In an interview yesterday, Kratos Faith Ministries International Pastor, Daniel Bwalya, said there Government and the local authority should place street kids in convenient areas for them to receive skills training necessary for them to reform them.
Pastor Bwalya indicated that over 30 kids that had been recently removed from the streets and taken to foster homes had gone back to the streets.
He said the children needed to be counselled before taking them to new places for them to understand the benefits of staying away from the streets.
Pastor Bwalya regretted that the street kids were involved in all sorts of illegal issues and immoral activities and that if they continued plying the streets, they would be spoiled forever.
He said a good number of them had become addicted to drugs, illicit behaviour, hence the need for them to undergo rehabilitation.
Anglican Native Priest Reverend, Leonard Tembo, in a separate interview lamented that despite Government providing shelter and other incentives for street kids they still went back to the streets.
Reverend Tembo, therefore, advised the public to refrain from giving money to the children on the streets as it encouraged them to continue living on the streets.
He stated that it was everyone’s responsibility to ensure that the street kids were removed from the streets and not leaving the task to the Government.