Mchinji district social welfare office has asked parents to properly look after their children so that they do not go on the streets to beg for food.
Mchinji social welfare officer Rodwell Chunga said the fact that parents let their children go in the street and beg for food shows that the guardians are irresponsible hence they need to face the law.
”It is a crime to let children beg in the streets as they have the right to be properly cared for by their parents,” said Chunga.
He added that children are exposed to abuse whenever they are on the streets and his office trace those parents who run away from their responsibility.
”We understand that due to hunger and other family problems parents are running away from their homes but we are asking them to still look after their children despite the hunger,” he said.
Chunga added that they try to create awareness to community members to know that children have the right to proper care.
Previously, the minister of gender, children, disability and social welfare Patricia Kaliati warned irresponsible parents who let their children wander around and beg for food that they will arrested.