Elias Chipimo Jr has urged law enforcing agencies not to aim at securing convictions but to educate youths about the effects of engaging in illicit activities.
Chipimo was reacting to the jailing of his son Chito who has been taken to prison for nine months after being convicted of drug trafficking and unlawful use of motor vehicle to carry and conceal cocaine and amphetamine.
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Chipimo said although the magistrate had exercised his discretion, it was painful to see a child go to jail for drug trafficking.
“I am just a father who loves his son and I can only wish him the very best and any parent that is going through something like this, my heart goes out to them because I know how painful it is. So I just urge everybody not to judge and just to offer their prayers and if there is anything that can be learnt from all of this. I hope that they will take a leaf from what has happened today and be encouraged,” said Chipimo Jr.
“It’s not easy being a young person in our society today, opportunities are limited, and young people are not given enough understanding and I hope that this opportunity will be taken seriously even by law enforcement authorities. Our approach must be to love and to guide not to claim victory over putting young people in the cells. But this is the reality, my son is a man, he has taken full responsibility and I am very proud of him and I love him.”