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Immoral boarding houses worry Lusaka residents

SANFROSSA MANYINDA writes

MEMBERS of public have called on the Lusaka City Council to regulate the growing number of boarding houses allegedly promoting immorality in town.

The residents said the facilities were a source of concern alleging that they were promoting immorality among students who had turned them into ‘marriage houses’

One of the concerned residents Miles Muntanga said that the situation could be avoided if the council, among other relevant individuals monitored the activities in boarding houses.

Mr. Muntanga said that some students were taking advantage of the spaces and freedoms they were given by their guardians to ‘misbehave’.

“It is unfortunate that most students take advantage of being left alone and decide to do all sort of things forgetting that they are in those places to study and become better people in future,” he said.

He said that the council should go round universities and colleges and see if the rules and regulations were respected.

He further advised the council to see to it that individual boarding houses were also be inspected to see if the regulations of forming a boarding met the requirements.

Another resident, Martha Phiri said that it was also a duty of guardians that they talked to their children so that they appreciated and understood why they were in boarding houses.

Ms. Phiri said it was important for parents not to allow certain students to live on their own if they knew that they could not control themselves.

And LCC public relations manager George Sichimba said that the local authority would not hesitate to shut down boarding houses especially individually owned if they did not follow laid down conditions.

Mr. Sichimba however called for sanity in the places and urged students to behave well and know why they were there.

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