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THE increasing number of street children in Lusaka is alarming and posing a security threat in the city, some residents have said in separate interviews.

Mr Evans Hamaudu said the ever-increasing number of street kids was becoming a threat not only in the centre business district (CBD) but the entire city.

Mr Hamaudu urged the government to find a lasting solution to the scourge of street kids in the city once and for all.

He said the street kids needed to be controlled before criminal activities began to escalate.

“I am appealing to the relevant authority to urgently look into this matter now before it’s too late,” he said.

Ms Chanda Kasonde said the government should reopen the Zambia National Service (ZNS) boot camps for street kids so that they could be equipped with life skills and reintegrated into society.

Ms Kasonde said boot camp was one way in which Government could reintegrate the street children and bring sanity in the city of Lusaka.

She said some of the children and youths on the streets were to blame because some ran away from their homes because of abuse and poverty.

Ms Kasonde said residents should stop giving out alms to the street kids as that was what was encouraging them to continue living on the streets.

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