Depressing! 29 Karonga school girls pregnant in past six months

A survey conducted by Kachila Youth Centre in Malawi’s uranium town of Karonga has revealed that at least twenty nine girls got pregnant in the lakeshore district, forcing them to drop out of school.

Student Pregnancy: 29 students pregnant for the past six months in Karonga

Student Pregnancy: 29 students pregnant for the past six months in Karonga

Karonga, which has registered substantive urbanization following escapades at the Kayerekela Mine, borders with Tanzania and is a thriving business centres – with many parents and guardians using their wards for a hand in their business endeavours.

Ironically, the 29 girls pregnant are all from the villages of Mwahimba and Mweniyumba – both not far from the perimeters of Karonga town proper. They are both between the ages of 13 and 16.

Kachila Youth Centre executive director Matchona Ngwira said in an interview with Nyasa Times that the development was depressing.

“It is not healthy at all for the country,” said Ngwira.

Ngwira swore on a stack of bibles that, if continued, the situation would let Malawi continue wallowing in deplorable poverty levels.

“The 29 are just from two villages,” he said. “It means that a lot worse could be happening in the other villages.”

He urged all civil societies in the country to take a leading role in making sure that such statistics are available so that government and interested stakeholders can slot in their help.

Ngwira also poured venom on parents and guardians for carelessness on safeguarding their children – especially girl children.

“It is not safe to use teenaged children for business, let alone girls. Parents should desist from doing that,” he said.

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48 thoughts on “Depressing! 29 Karonga school girls pregnant in past six months”

  1. Kanyimbi says:

    Prosititution has no tribe! Only that some pretend to be innocent when in fact they are the worst.

  2. kalekeni says:

    Shame!!!! that’s very bad. Please educate girls from primary school how to protect themselves from getting HIV and pregnant. Poor government, poor minded leadership, parents abandoning the kids. Guys those kids are very young, parent should be summoned for hearing, This is embarrassing, and the world is watching what is happening in the country.

  3. Khwantha says:

    kumalawi

  4. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    No 39 ndiwe nkhumba. Mbwenumbwenu chiyani apa! Kuno ku mmwera kwadzaza atumbuka amanga nyumba mmalo motukula kwawo kuthawa ufiti. Ku Karonganso kuli town? Shupit zako!

  5. “both of them are from the same district” kikikikiki . referring to 29 girls. where did you do your education

  6. GaBa Pa joloza says:

    Shaaaa kma ndiye akhutatu hehe

  7. kd says:

    za zii …. thats the price Malawians will pay for voting this stupid DPP

  8. Patrick Majoni says:

    Agalu oyankhula chichewa cha ma capital letters inu mukuonjeza.Ku Karonga kuli alomwe?Tikuthamangitsankoni kutauni kwathu kuno.Mwagundikatu mpaka mimba 92.sorry 29 in 2 villages.Aaaa……….nadi…………mukuigwira

  9. dont worry girls, it was by mistake you’ll join again schooling.But if u repeat same incident it is ur careless!!!

  10. sukutumpwelembwe says:

    KOMA BWANJI ATSIKANAWA AKUWONEKA NGATI ANA A VUWA KAUNDA ?

  11. nkhwantha says:

    Abale please kumaona zolemba I don’t think this is true. What criteria did they use to come up with this data. Matchona Gondwe is lying here. You are causing unnecessary aram, please when you want to go on media please come up with proper data. Personally I don’t believe this. Am in Karonga as well this is more of a disaster government come to rescue Karonga please if the situation is like this. It seems to be contagious.

  12. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    Ndipotu ana a kumpoto amakonda kukwatiwa ndi nkhalamba size ya achabambo awo or agogo awo. Kusokoneza mabanja aweni okhazikika.

  13. opale says:

    Ambwenumbwenu

    1. ayaya says:

      Indecent exposure. Was it necessary to take a photo of the said girls with the pregnancy exposed? My heart goes to these girls.

  14. Paul senzani says:

    ALOMWE mwakaonongaso ku Karonga?

  15. Rich North says:

    That’s cool come 2019 we will have enough citizens to select our president

  16. chimango Mtanga says:

    Vuto ndi anawo,boma liyenera kupanga lamuro laphavu lot opasidwa mimba and wopereka mimba ndiwomwe azilandila chilangu,makolo and boma likumayesesa kuthesa muchitidwe uwo koma ana sakumava, nanga boma litan? Mwini mimba alandire chilango.

  17. chigando says:

    mbana yai mbalala kweniso nimahule ghakukayerekera walekeni wannabe

  18. Sub.T/A says:

    If it was in Mangochi these comments should attack the beautiful and innocent religion of Islam but now it’s north none is speaking about their religion or tribe but as w we see all these happening in Malawi because of poverty and worse things still coming” May God Save Us”

  19. kukoma kumeneko ntchito zawo zawachitira umboni its not buy force okha ana amenewa chitsikana ndiye kupanga zibwezi ndi azibambo

  20. Kokotowa says:

    Hahaha! Depressing indeed! Ma Men achitumbuka were ”depressing” the girls pakati pa mendo mpaka mimba!

  21. Man from South says:

    When a report like this came from Mulanje about 3 months ago, tribalist northerners were here kutukwana a lomwe! Some of us said, young girls getting impregnated should be looked at a national problem, Now I wonder what those wakwithu notherners are going to say now. A malawi, lets join hands to solve our problems, nanga anawa kapena ndi a lomwenso? I hope its only pregnancies they have……we are in trouble to be frank. Is this all the benefit from Kayelekera?

  22. may says:

    Some FOOLS still think in very low-profile….the kind of fools who think every northerner is a tumbuka! my foot. illiteracy levels still too high in some regions,…make use of several universities right at your doorsteps, m’manama kuti ku public universities kuli sankho thats why you several people from this tribe…I ask you to go to Catholic University, DMI, Adventist, Africa University…yu will see for yourself.

    1. Malindima says:

      Doesn’t need one to go to University in order to be educated! Look around; you will see many fools who are clueless yet they claim to be University Degree graduates.

  23. Mickey mphunzitsi wa mmalawi says:

    It is likely to happen bcoz in my area a classroom made cracks in the 2009 Earthquake and the government have done nothing since, then u expect a learner to b motivated in dis situation..never..this time 6 out of 8 classes r learning outside..

  24. Jose' says:

    Anthu a ku mpoto kukonda chigololo

  25. Peter Nangwale says:

    WE need more people in the North so that we win next elections

  26. Yankees says:

    Zakhala bwino, Advantages and Disadvantages of Urbunisation, atumbuka nanu munyanya kugulitsa mkazi ngati akafa mamuna wake akapanga kanyenya bwanji? Tione sec mutagwilitse ntchito pamenepa, kumene anawa amachinditsila Boma kunalibeko, no rape case here since it seems it wz an agrement with the one in action, Now mugulitsa pa mtengo wanji chifukwa wabelekapo? Waspare Part ya Orignal kapena wa Scrap? Changu tikufuna tikaguleko ma 2500 basi! Kkkk.

  27. MELINDA says:

    ANA ACHITUMBUKA SIMUNGAWATHE,ALI NGATI ALOMWE OMWA GONDOLOSI,MKWAPUKWAPU,MVUNGUTI KOMANSO KUDELERA AMCHINA ZABWEKA.LORD HAVE MERCY

  28. Ndamasulidwa says:

    atumbuka swallow ur pride! see the shame u have shouldered. mumayankhula ngati angwiro inu. Mulungu akuyendereni inu!

  29. makito says:

    The consequences of adopting foreign cultures without understanding their roots. It is a disgrace, reflecting societal value decay.

  30. Ababa Thamangiwa. says:

    just wndering if all of them are Lhomwes paja a 3umbukanu mumaona ngati za chigololo sizimakukhuzani.

  31. CHISWA B. UMBU says:

    ANKONDE KUKONDA MBOLO.

  32. Khongoni Boy says:

    Koma Anawo Ankayesa Chani

  33. Godfrey C says:

    Whether it is about Karonga or Thyolo, the truth is that it’s happening in our country. We cannot play jokes about it because it is everywhere in Malawi. What remains of all patriotic countrymen is to look for corrective means. But one may wonder on how seriousminded we are when our own leaders advocate poor way of dressing that is not of our culture. If the future of the Malawi nation is to be assured, we need to encourage the upcoming leaders on matters like good cultural as well as spiritual values that fit Malawi, not the Western countries. Topics taught to our school boys and girls must also be revisited. Thus, age classes must be regarded as paramount, especially to primary school pupils. By the way, do we know that many teachers complain of being forced to teach topics that do not marry with the pupil’s age classes in primary schools? We need to consider the whole education system. Again, it is only good parents that can raise good childten. What are we doing to safeguard our children. I believe there is alot we must do.

  34. Achimidzimidzi says:

    What a massacre!!

    All 29 girls from only 2 villages. How many girls have survived this genocide.

    Ana awa akamayitanira madasi, ngati akuakulu.

    Makolo chonde mwalakwitsa ndinutu apa, mukuphatsa mwana zinthu zoposa nsinkhu wake.

  35. Nkalapwaga says:

    Instead of passing a law punishing men who impregnates girls and girls who get pregnant we hav passed a law wchich is encouraging prostitution-The new Marriage,Divorce and Family relations Bill.No progress lo!

  36. Zee says:

    Tiyen tichitepo kathu makamaka boma lisasekelele zimenez

  37. Hule says:

    Wy my District doing that oh no

  38. A Nkhonde mwatengera kuti khalidwe la Alomweli?

  39. yamikani Banda says:

    zomvetsa chisoni zimenezo.Ndichifukwa chake atsikana amsikhu umenewu amamwalira ndi uchembere.Nde boma kaya lithandiza bwanji?Tinene kuti olakwa ndi atsikanawo kapena amuna?

  40. Tengupenya says:

    Who are responsible? is it men or teenagers?

  41. Chendele says:

    these are the studies that we need to do to make decisions on plight of women especially girls.not eating donor money at gemini house ministry of gender and making noise in news papers without had facts to act on.

  42. SIBWENI says:

    I THINK WE ARE BEING MIS-INFORMED BY THE AUTHOR I ASSUME THE AUTHOR TRIES TO WRITE THAT THE GIRLS WHO ARE BEING SAID HERE ARE FROM THYOLO …..FROM NOW ONWARDS I THINK WE SHOULD NOT GENERALISE ISSUES BASED ON TRIBAL,NEPOTISTIC, HATRED.TUMBUKAS DO NOT FORGET THAT SEX IS A UNIVERSAL SPORT WHERE NOBODY IS TAUGHT HOW TO PLAY THIS SPORT RATHER IT RUNS THROUGH OUR GENES…..SEX DEFINES THE HUMAN EXISTENCE

  43. T/A says:

    Ndiye mwati kuti Nyasatimes? Osati ku Thyolo kapena ku machinga? Atumbuka amakana kuti chitidwe uyu kulibe.

  44. Surveyor says:

    so shocking, as this will keep women to be underdeveloped and always begging from their husbands even for clothes of which husband has a lot of things to do

  45. mboba says:

    Shame karonga

  46. Wodala says:

    If it were Mangochi or Thyolo oh…..

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