Kalomo parents warned over early marriages
Kalomo, June 11, 2013, ZANIS – Authorities in Kalomo district in the southern province
have threatened to take legal action against parents who are in the habit of marrying off
their girl children at an early age for financial gain.
Both the district administration and education authorities in the area are unhappy
with the continued trend by some parents to marry-off young girls instead of grooming
them to be responsible citizens who might contribute to national development in the future.
District administrative officer, Justus Phiri, said even neglecting
children to herd domestic animals or subjecting them to domestic
chores at the expense of taking them to school constituted child
labour saying such trends in communities were regrettable.
And Kalomo district education standards officer Phirance Daka
has requested traditional leaders in Zimba and Kalomo districts to
ensure that they submit names of parents who marry off their
children below the age of 18 years.
Mrs Daka said the practice was especially common among girl children adding
that this needs to be stopped by reporting such parents to the police in order
for the law to take its course.
She observed that such cases have continued to rise in rural communities and
have gone unabated due to the lack of information flow to the relevant authorities for justice to
“Let us marry off these girls when they are ripe enough to look after
themselves and even to take care of a man and mostly its through
educating them that they can be self-sustainable even in marriages,
that’s what we can call development,” said Mrs Daka.
The two district leaders were speaking yesterday during a combined
handover ceremony of five classrooms and a donation of 225 desks by a
non-governmental organization , African Revival.
The classroom blocks were built at three different learning institutions in Mapatizya constituency
located in Zimba district at a cost of KR300 000.00.
The three schools that benefited from the infrastructure development
and desks were Mooka primary school, Jokwe and Simalele community
The handover ceremony was witnessed by area member of
parliament, Clive Miyanda and chief Simwatachela, who is also school
headteacher for Jokwe school.
And African Revival progarmme manager Lois Cochrane commended
government for creating an enabling environment in which charitable organizations
have partnered with it to develop needy sectors in rural areas.