The Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs has attributed the increase in early marriages to high levels of poverty in rural areas.
Chiefs and Traditional Affairs deputy Minister Susan Kawandami has told QFM-News that this why government has put in place policy measures to curb gender based violence and early marriages in rural areas.
Ms. Kawandami has also commended traditional leaders for responding well to the programs government has introduced to help curb early marriages in rural areas.
She has since called on NGOs to come on board and help alleviate poverty which she says has contributed to early marriages in rural areas.
Meanwhile, Ms. Kawandami has commended Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni speaking people in Chipata District of Eastern Province for being appointed to represent the country at a conference on Early Marriages in Africa being held in New York City.