Kaliati ‘excited’ with law raising marriage age: Homosexual remains illegal in Malawi

Malawi outspoken minister for gender, children, disability and social welfare, Patricia Kaliati has expressed excitement with news that President Peter Mutharika has approved a law which lifts the age for marriage from 16 to 18.

Kaliati: Happy

Kaliati: Happy

The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill was ratified by parliament on February 12 and President Mutharika has since has signed it into law recognising marriages between men and women, disappointing gay rights activists.

Some pro-gay activists recently petitioned Mutharika not to approve the bill, saying it still contained unresolved issues, especially those pertaining to gay rights.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Malawi, where most people hold deeply conservative religious and cultural beliefs.

Kaliati said on Wednesday that she was “excited and happy” that the Head of State has assented to the bill, making it a law.

“I welcome this development; my ministry worked hard to have it [the bill] passed in parliament,” said a jovial-sounding Kaliati.

“It is a statement that we are committed to ending child marriages in Malawi,” she asserted.

Kaliati said her ministry will continue with the the fight to end early marriages and keep girls in school.

“The new law will also help the courts hand out stiff penalties to offenders,” she added.

The new law covers a wide range of issues, including giving a widow a share in her husband’s property, ruling out the need for a will.

The law also states that if an underage couple have a child, the boy’s family will be financially responsible for the baby until the couple are able to support themselves and the child.

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33 thoughts on “Kaliati ‘excited’ with law raising marriage age: Homosexual remains illegal in Malawi”

  1. Okong'a says:

    Eeeeee koma ndiye kweni mumanga ambiritu!

  2. Hixy Pota says:

    Though crucial this case can be delt with well by looking into both parties strictly, as we can understand the teenagers v their own needs different from those of the elderly. Better reduce the age to bring down the abuse cases.

  3. Tengupenya says:

    The constitution renders this law invalid as the constitution still allows 16 year olds to get married with parental consent. just wait for someone to appeal against an injunction or conviction based on this new law.

  4. Boyd Kilembey says:

    Failed state. The LAW does not solve anything. The government should have focussed on the root causes of marriage at 16. I wonder why we think the LAW will solve social problems like these.
    Even if the marriage age is raised to 25 or 30 years, this does not address the core reasons why somebody would marry . And by the way what is marriage in malawi? Most people dont “marry” at the DC, it is mostly traditional. How would a traditional marriage become illegal in a court of law?
    There is nothing exciting here Akweni. You should do more homework

  5. alukosyo says:

    Akweni slow down on your make up mukuwoneka ngati mwadzipaka plaster ngakhale amati kukalamba ndikufuna mwayenjeza komanso zibangiri kholophethe dzima ring Hmmmm

  6. Kenkkk says:

    Personally, the law needs to be explicit and specific. Raising marriage age for girls to 18 whilst it is an improvement to the existing law, it doesn’t go far enough because men will still have sex with under age girls. So raising the age is not the same as stopping having sex with underage girls. Sex with underage girls need to be banned as well, should be made illegal and punishable by imprisonment as is done in western countries.

    The abuse will continue if we don’t stop men having sex with under age girls. They will have sex with them but not marry them because they are under age. Is this really what we want or what the law really intended to do? Don’t marry them because they are under age but only have sex with them!!! Absolutely bonkers, so please Kaliati go back and make some more amendments.

  7. John Kapito Chibanzi Pakamwa says:

    I want to apologize to aKweni that I have never at any point supported and loved you. Allow me to express my profound love and support you have from me now occasioned from your Honourable’s statement that “Homosexual remains illegal in Malawi”
    Long Live Akweni! Agaluwo akagwere uko; umo achulukilamu wina mkumati gay, lesbian; fotseki, zamkutu!

  8. Kalikokha says:

    I saw it on Tuesday on MBC-TV during Malawi Police Service TV program sponsored by MTL that the president will sign and i really liked the play and Ministry must use such opportunity to spread such laws.

  9. Nkholokolo says:

    But do we have birth certificates to exactly know the underage or shall we rely on lying parents? I once allowed a kid to vote just because she was registered as 18 years but all pointers were that she was 14 right there in the South and sure enough elsewhere it’s could be the same.

  10. zaluma says:

    My prophecy is that more men will die for women wosusuka to get their share.

  11. Bumbu says:

    Ana awiri kumva onse kukoma. Akatenga mimba chofunika ndi makolo onse kuthandizana kulera mwanayo. Apo bii, anawo akayambe maganyu alere mwana wawoyo chifukwa zikatero sitingawatchulenso kuti ndi ana koma makolo. Ufiti eeti!

  12. J Phiri says:

    This law is great

    For to long has my wife’s money been her own for her to go the salon for hairstyles and for clothes whilst I have provided accommodation, shelter and upkeep for the children all cause she earned allot less. with this act I have now demanded that she contributes a proportionate amount in accordance with the bill so money will come to the household easing my burden. Goodbye new hairstyles and fancy clothes and welcome more meat and premium DSTV

    This law covers both sexes and so something men should also read to ensure they are also getting there marital rights fore filled

  13. kwacha kwayera says:

    I salute you akweni for this I for one also wanted this to be raised at minimum to 18. however I am concerned that widows should just get property of the late spouse I understand where this is coming from but other fellow women can kill the husband with the intention to own the deceased’s property. I hope my fears just remain just that fears. ukawona kuti akukuvuta, akunyenga etc sakukusamala mukonze udyabe zakezo shaah

  14. Boogle says:

    ……………………………………………..xool first.

  15. chax says:

    what about if the wife dies and she have properties. Dont be silent in the other side. Be gender sensitive

  16. mlomwe2 says:

    HOW THIS MARRIAGE AGE WILL BE EFFECTIVE IN RURAL AREAS????????????????????????
    WILL THE GOVT USE VILLAGE HEADMEN/TASK FORCE TO IDENTIFY THOSE WHO GET MARRIED BELOW 18 YEARS???????????????????? DO WE HAVE ENOUGH PRISONS TO KEEP THOSE CONVICTED????????? THIS MAY NOT WORK IN MALAWI BELIEVE ME.

  17. no homo here , this is malawi go back with your evil

  18. go go says:

    Praise God. Homosexuality is sin and an abomination. In the old testament it was punishable by death. In the new testament God is extending His hand of grace to such people to repent for Jesus went on the Cross to bring the sinner back to his original place. With God. Therefore Christ loves the sinner but hates sin. If after repenting the sinner continues in sin then he has himself to blame for without holiness noone will enter the kingdom of God.

  19. edgar banda says:

    Marriage………a right to every born malawian no restrictions mwangotayapo nthawi ndi irnk kusainira za ziiii ……………….osathana ndi akumaba ma albinowa bwanji? Tipatseni zithu zoyenelera ife a malawi

  20. CHIFUNDO says:

    APM HAS DONE VERY GOOD, THE QUESTION ARISES WHAT ABOUT THE BOYS
    WHO ARE JUST HAVING FUN AND NOT ACTUALLY GETTING MARRIED TO GIRLS
    AND LEAVING GIRLS WITH THE PREGNANCY AND THAN THE CHILD IS BORN
    WHICH IS COMMON IN MALAWI, MALAWIAN MAN DO NOT WANT TO TAKE
    RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CHILDREN

    MY QUESTION WILL ALL THESE BOYS WILL BE PUNISHED UNDER THE LAW?

  21. Viva Malawi!viva APM!viva Akweni.Cedep/pro-gay CSOs and some corrupt minded parliamentarians…to hell with your mathanyula.Let’s serve the interests of the God-fearing Malawi and not those of the satanic West.

  22. AZIBUSA ENA NDI AMENE AMALIMBIKISA MAUKWATI AMUNA NDI AKAZI OKHA-OKHA.

    SORRY.ATI CHIFUKWA AZUNGU AMAPASA NDALAMA.

  23. whyte muwa says:

    Thanks for bringing sanity in marriages. No need to discuss ahomo here nyasi upon the God’s face.

  24. Loleni Mwale says:

    Very correct No.1. This is a mistake about gender. Most people including politician don’t understand the meaning of gender such that the law makers were not aware of this and let the punishment go to a boy family. I hope they will revise this.

  25. Kondwan Nankhumwa MP says:

    On early age pregnancy-a boy family only it acts as woman are passive to that devp

  26. Kaliati she is agood player only problem she was used in wrong positions

  27. Some Malawians should have a clear picture on gayism and lesbiansm. Even in the USA or Europe they have not accepted this strange, embarrassing thing practice. Azungu a ku America ambili ndi a ku England ambili are against this, and they get devastated when they learn that one of their children is a gay let alone a relation.

    So a Malawi osamangotengela zilizose chifukwa choti a Kutumizani ku xool ku UK ndi ku USA ndi kukakumana ndi ma lecturer a chi gay ndi lesbian basi ndikukunamizani.

    I have observed kuti ambili amene amalimbikila zimenezi mmalawi muno anayamba kukumana ndi azungu atakula kale ndiye amawona ngati zose zimene amanena azungu ndizowona.

    Shame!!!!

  28. Karo gaii says:

    Thats why i voted for you PETER.Mathanyula agwanayo!!!! Go peter ,go peter, go peter!!

  29. Jescano says:

    Pamenepa lamulo liri bwino ndipo lasangalatsa a malawi akufuna kwabwino long live Malawi.

  30. Garu Wa Garu says:

    Wo Vinidwa ine, I agree with you. It takes both kids why only boy’s parents. What if one parent is richer than the other? Kuli anyamata odidimula atsikana koma kwawo kulibe kalikonse. Ndiyetu mwana abvutika. Chonde apa munganize bwino. Some of these laws need to be verified by the public before they comes a law. After all the law is good. Amanthanyulawo zawo izo. I curse you in the name of……. Akapeze planet ina.

  31. BEKAPAKO says:

    ZACHEPABE ZAKAZO.

  32. Same-sex marriages campaign is the work of the Devil! Thumbs up for APM, Long live Malawi!!!!!!!!

  33. wo Vinidwa ine says:

    Ms. Kaliati has every reason to be happy about this bill: the fruit of her own, and her ministry’s efforts. I am proud to be born Malawian; and to have politicians, like Akweni, showing forward thinking.
    In fairness, I urge her to try to remove some anomalies from the bill though.
    For example, there is no reason for making illegal gay relationships. And regarding underage couple having a child: it would be more progressive to punish both the boy’s and the girl’s parents; not just the boy’s. Is it not sexist to punish only the boy’s parents?
    Akweni, show some gender parity here. Show that you do not favor girls over boys: in a pregnancy, they are both equally responsible, unless rape is involved! Choonde Akweni …!

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