Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

14 October 2013

Malawi: Chiefs Join Hands in Fighting Against Early Marriages

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Mangochi — Mangochi District Youth Officer Kumbukani Manda says since the youth are leaders of tomorrow, they need to take care of themselves in terms of intellectual and abstaining from early marriages.

He said this on Saturday at a youth open day held at Mpale primary School in Senior Chief Chimwala in Mangochi. Manda added that it is very shameful that the youth are engaging into immoral behavior there by disturbing their future.

Speaking at the same function, Senior Chief Chimwala who was also the guest of honor thanked the Ministry of Gender and Child Development for organizing such an important event in his area.

"We have set rules and regulations in our area. If a parent does not send their child to school, s/he has to a pay fine in terms chicken or else be expelled from the village," he Said.

Chimwala added that Malawian population is dominated by the youth therefore government has to provide more resources to the ministry of youth sports and culture for it to deliver effectively.

"Don't send a child to South Africa before they complete their studies. Such countries need their services like in Hospitals, Agriculture and industries if they are well educated Chimwala observed.

The open day was cerebrated under the Theme: 'Go Back to School'

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