Malawi chief Kachindamoto terminates 330 teenage marriage, enrols them back in school

In an effort to encourage girl child education and abolish early marriages Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto has terminated 330 teenage marriages in her territory and has since sent the couples into various primary and secondary schools.

Senior Chief Kachindamoto of Dedza says she will demote chiefs who entertain marriages by couples below the age of 18

Senior Chief Kachindamoto of Dedza says she will demote chiefs who entertain marriages by couples below the age of 18

Her initiatives coincide with Government agenda to end early marriages following the enactment of Marriage, Divorce Relations Bills which among others restrict girls marrying before reaching eighteen years.

“I have terminated 330 marriages yes of which 175, were girl -wives and 155 were boy-fathers. I wanted them to go back to school and that has worked,” said the chief.

Realising that three quarters were consented by both parents and village heads the Ngoni chief has since suspended, Village Heads Galuanenenji, Adiliyani, Kalindiza and Chatawa to serve as lesson to other village leaders who might want to follow suit.

“I don’t want youthful marriages, they must go to school, we have now set our own by laws to govern everybody within my area when it comes to marriages and will leave no sacred cow, ” she emphased.

“No child should be found loitering at home; gardening or doing any house hold chores during school time. No village head, GVH or church clergy to officiate marriage before scrutinizing the birth dates of the couple.”

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you can force a horse to go to the river but you cant force it to drinkk


Whatever the archaic laws of Malawi may say, thumbs up chief! In fact, the first 20 years of life are critical for development of values and skills for life. Even those that have attained the age of 16 or 18 should be talked into delaying marriage plans until they prepare their futures. You are my chief of the year!

Boyd Kilembey

My understanding is that the law can not be applied retrospectively. The chief goofed big here.
Now that the marriages have been annuled, so what? Did the chief try to understand why they married so early. Did the chief find the root causes of the eraly marriages?

Issa Kabudula

This is one of the many example women of Malawi if given the chance to lead must copy – women of the year and urging many of friends to please see what we can do by assist the senior chief Kachindamoto and her village head men’s in reaching the very noble goals of stop the disaster of early marriages in Malawi.

Big Up!



Peter Mathanyula Wakuba

Hehehehehehe. The boys who found themselves unfortunately married must really be feeling happy. They got to have their cake and eat it too.

mulomwe weniweni

Amfumu pokhapa mwakwana ndipo pofuna kukupasani ulemu dzina lanu tikuyenera kumakuyitanani katatu kenako inu mkuvomera

maganizo anga

Yahudah nzeru ulibe, I wonder which Yah you are talking about here, you can’t even put a verse to back what you’re saying here. it is you lacking wisdom yet you want to act clever. Big up chief!

Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
Zidura Ntengo Undigwere

Chief of the year, baasi! And Akweni Kaliati, currently the most vocal champion of girls rights in our country, must be very happy. Progressive chief indeed; and a legit candidate for promotion to Senior Chief, if she keeps this up.


This is a very good demonstration. Well done , chief. Other chiefs should take this example
and excercise this in their jurisdictions too.

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