Minister says sports is a strong weapon for behavioural change

Written by  Joel Chiheni Phiri

Newly appointed Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Jean Kalilani says sports is one of the instruments for behaviour change.


Kalilani was speaking on Sunday in Dowa when she launched a football and netball trophy valued at K5.5 Million. The trophies will be competed for by people in her Dowa Central Constituency.

"I believe that an idle mind is the devil's workshop. I have therefore launched this trophy to keep youths busy and not indulge in risky behaviour as I look at sports as one of the channels for behaviour change. The more you become busy with sporting activities, the more you keep yourself away from immoral behaviours," she said.

The Minister also unveiled her plans to launch choir competitions in all churches in the area and further introduce competitions in forgotten sports disciplines in schools to keep the youths busy.

The competition is expected to kick off this month and ends in May 2019.

During the launch, both Traditional Authority Mponela and Senior Chief Dzoole of Dowa applauded the parliamentarian for introducing the competition, saying it will protect youths from indulging in promiscuous behaviour and the sporting activities will help unearth local talents.

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