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Traditional leaders urged to utilize by-laws

Written by  Golden Kang’oma jnr
President Mutharika greets Traditional Leaders recently in Mchinji - File Photo President Mutharika greets Traditional Leaders recently in Mchinji - File Photo

Salima, November 18, 2016: Senior Chief Kalonga of Salima has said tougher by-laws could be a good solution to deal with child marriages and gender based violence which remains in his area despite that the chiefs’ efforts. 

The senior chief made the comments during a meeting which was organized Malawi Interfaith Aids Association (MIAA) to review some of the by-laws people of T/A Kalonga and Kambwiri had formulated with support from Tisinthe Project.

Senior Chief Kalonga said on Wednesday that every parent who does not give a child an opportunity stipulated in section 22 and 23 of the Constitution of Malawi will be punished.

“In the by-laws, we have mostly recognized parents and mother groups because they are the people who stay with the children and we have established a task force which will be encouraging the chiefs to enforce the by-laws,” he said.

Among others the by-laws will punish parents of kids who dropout or abstain from school and those who marry out girls.

The laws are also set to regulate entertainment business and the use of children in family businesses.

Speaking in an interview with MANA Janet Chipeni, councilor for Salima Central Ward said  children in Salima are no longer protected as most children are sent to do business late at night and even during school time.

“It’s a very shameful thing seeing children being disturbed from school and women being abused, we thank MIAA for encouraging us to make by-laws and I as a councilor for Salima Central I will make sure that the by-laws are enforced,” said Chipeni.

Tisinthe program is being implemented in the area of T/A Kambwiri and Senior Chief Kalonga and is running for three years.

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