Malawi govt proposing marriage age at 18

Malawi’s Minister of Gender, Children, Social Welfare and Disabilities Patricia Kaliati has revealed that government has proposed 18 as the minimum marriage age for girls in the current review which is ready for Cabinet approval before it is taken to Parliament.

Kaliati: We want to  end child marriages

Kaliati: We want to end child marriages

Currently, the minimum age is at 13 with consent from parents or guardians.

Kaliati disclosed this to journalists  on Thursday at Kanongola Primary School in Salima after presiding over this year’s celebrations for the International Day for the Girl Child and the Launch of the ‘Ending Child Marriages Campaign in Malawi’.

Said Kaliati: “Government is taking serious steps towards making sure that we end child marriages and in view of this, we have stepped up efforts to review the marriage age and come up with a suitable age that will allow our girls to go far with their education.

“As of now, the Cabinet committee has already recommended that the minimum marriage age should go up to 18 years and this will be taken to full Cabinet before it is taken to Parliament.”

She also said as a way of ensuring that girls and other children are attending school, the law is going to punish all parents who send the children to sell merchandise for negligence.

In his speech, chairperson of the End Child Marriage Campaign Task-force, MacBain Mkandawire said speedy constitutional amendment of the provision on marriage age will help the campaign to achieve its objectives.

As part of their efforts to end child marriages and school dropouts by girl children in her area, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwanza in conjunction with her chiefs said they have come up with by-laws to check the malpractice.

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34 thoughts on “Malawi govt proposing marriage age at 18”

  1. kapambwe says:

    In as much as I agree with my friends who have well commented in this column, I have one observation that will astonish most of you. Amwenye have a tendency of abusing young Malawian girls of the age ascribed herein. They either pretend to employ them in their companies whilst abusing them sexually yet if any Malawian man or young-man is said to go out with one of their products, she is considered an outcast in their society.
    In Mangochi, Lilongwe and Blantyre this practice of abusing young Malawian girls is very very common. When they are getting betrothed, they are already damaged goods. I am a woman who has been researching on this. They take advantage of our girls financial plight. To make it worse, there is a coloured of Indian origin in Limbe who is HIV positive and is seriously abusing and distributing this disease in the town of Limbe and Blantyre. He is found everywhere in pubs like Kamba, Chirimba and Bangwe. He once confessed that he believes that when he sleeps with a Malawian virgin he would be healed of the HIV. For the readers to know him easily, he was arrested by Limbe Police on issues pertaining to fake selling of US$ three months ago. Akweni do something about this horrible person.

  2. Akweni ndi tonse okonda ana atsikana 2o yrs shld b minimum age 4 marriage kt achokerethu mu descriptn category of a child. Chaka chachi 19 is to allow for more maturity for the girl. 2o atha kukwatiwa. Komanso tichotse ka clause koti makolo alore kt mwana wamgono atha kukwatiwa koz ana ambiri are forced 2 marry 2 fulfil parental agendas. So chonde ana atsikana akwatiwe pa 2oyrs.

  3. Poor Malawi says:

    I wish it could have been 20 for girls and 21 for boys. Akweni, please consider my wish.

  4. chikumbutsa says:

    the aspects of social, cultural and economic issues should support the girls so that they are not forced into early marriages. need for more interventions addressing those aspects if we want girls to get married at 18

  5. Francis Luwani says:

    Honourable Patricia Kaliati is indeed one of the hardworking Cabinet Ministers. Keep it up Akweni.

  6. fkr says:

    We have traditions in this country and this is one of them. Why is our tradition now WRONG why must we always follow the western world. Let us not always follow what the West say and keep to our traditions.

  7. ndadabwa says:

    bravo Patilisha

  8. Ng'ambi says:

    Boma Ilo Mama Kaliati Mwakwana I Support The Montion Keep It Up

  9. Makwasa says:

    Poverty is the biggest cause of early marriages. We need to eradicate poverty, and empower the girl child.

  10. ntondo mwala says:

    ndikwenitu ameneyo kuitikinyula ntchito. Chifukwa kunena zoona Ana ambiri akukwatiwa Ali ang’ono, inde n’Chifukwa cha umphawi but some of those early marriages depend on their parents which is nt gud.

  11. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    Akweni is a very effective politician. She makes her presence felt, and leaves a good legacy whichever ministry she heads. Jealous down apa, abale. Mukuti bwa abiti Kabwila-Kapasula? Ndi matama anu oti inu ndiwophunzira kuposa akazi onse m’dziko lino?

    1. MBANO NDI ZEPETE says:

      ZIDULA MTENGO UNDIGWERE.u r a fu idiot gang’a kabwira zamkhudzira pati?savage

  12. zacheus says:

    That will be better if adopted though i wanted if it would be 21d

  13. womenslib says:

    The minimum age of marriage is 13….13? This law must be implemented immediately. This is akin to institutionalized child abuse.

  14. dadaboma says:

    Talk on marriage age is now irrelevant in the current economic mess created by DPP. Don’t you know that poverty drives reproduction and population growth? Now if DPP raises prices of everything while Malawians have the poorest earnings on earth do you think marriage age is an issue to talk about? Has DPP lost focus of crucial issues? Sort out the economy first and everything else will automatically fall in place. In the west, where their economies are superb, people either marry late or never at all – all this occurring automatically.

  15. KUCHITEKETE says:

    NUMBER ONE..YOU MEAN PALI WACHICHEPELE MNYAMATA WOPANDA MANTHA KUMAKAVULA MALILO NGATI AMENEWA!!!?? MAI KALIATI AMACHITA KUONEKA NKHOPE NGATI AWAPANGA EMBALM IWE NKUMAWASILILA MPAKA NDODO KUTOTA ZENIZENI, I DOUBT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..KUTSATA NDALAMAAAAA CHANI???? KAPENA AMA SACHET??

    1. Mfwethu says:

      Ayi iwe pali ka mtsikana kena ku MJ nkhani zikuti amuna awo Akweni amadya, mpakatu Akweni anakawotcha nyumba yamakolo a mtsungwana, so it is alleged. Ndie ndimafunsa kuti kapena kukweza zakako akufuna kamtsikana kakhale under marriageable age ya 18 kapena!!! Ndietu comment imeneyo, ndimayesa munawerenga kale nkhani yowotcha nyumba ku MJ.

  16. ZIGWEPANO NDIZATOSE. says:

    Mwachepetsa zikanakhara zaka 35 bora.

  17. Tili Chenene says:

    Alhomwefe tikwanitsa kufika zaka 18? Ndakayika. Ikanangokhala 16 basi to be practical enough

  18. Thubwelunwe says:

    This is a big joke! 18 is way too far! Ife okonda kukwera tiana mukutiphera ufulu!

  19. Most Malawians are illiterate and can’t be told that rediculous story of ”marriage at 18” Most of them are so poor that to find a bread winner is luck, hence, GIVE ME YOUR CHILD AND I WILL FEED YOU, is the only way to survive. The soils are dead and not productive. To activate the soils need huge sums that only cashgaters can afford. Is there any machanism set aside to teach these people? Go in remote areas and see poverty in Malawi, yet the morden system is refusing federalism whereby each province will be accountable for these poor societies. The question is how to alliviate this poverty and improve education which is now in tartters. Primary education has poor class teachers not fit to teach, but are teaching through ”chibale”. Competition is in towns where children of cashgaters are. How are you going to punish these poor souls if you fail to trace people who stole billions? If ”animal farm” rules are still at work, then the poor are at stake. Education and food for the ellites but marriage rules for the poor. How do you help these poor children with food and education which is vey high to afford? If you dont have a solution, let them get marries and find solace in the hands of a caring husband though 13 years. Punishing won’t solve the problem but worsen it. It’s tantamount to stopping MAHULE who are noising ways to survive..

  20. ndakapeza ka 18 yrs kali standard 8 ndisamve kuti ndimusiye apitilize school ndiye tiyambana kaya ku court tikafikitsana.ndikakwatira basi ka fresh

    1. Hahahaha,ndewalankhulatu

  21. Yesaya Dziko says:

    If people can force 13yr old to get married or if the minimum marriage for a girl is 13 then 18 is an improvement. How about boys?

    1. wa ku nkhoma says:

      10 years for boys mamuna sachepa

  22. Nyapapi says:

    I support the motion, at 18 mtsikana amakhala atafika pa ndiwo!!

  23. New says:

    Abale am still not happy with this. 18 years ndi mwana ndipo amakhala asanamalize school. Bwanji itakhala 22 atleast!!! ngakhalebe school imakhala ikuyendabe?

    1. wa ku nkhoma says:

      hey wenna!! sukulu iribe malekezero {sikutha}

      1. nkanasi says:

        Koma ndi ochepa omwe angaganiza zopitiliza school atalowa mbanja.

  24. Mama says:

    In Malawi kids start school @ the age of 5 . At 13 they are meant to go to secondary school till 16. But Does this really happen? The majority of 18yr olds are still in Secondary school. Considering how poor our country is, and how valuable education is, why not make it compulsory that no girl should be married unless she attains a certain qualification. The government should do more to encourage girls education not marriage. All men entising girls into marriage needs to be punished severely.

    1. mtoto wa mama says:

      This is very true. I agree with you 100%.

    2. mangochi man says:

      I agree with you! 18 ndi mwana amene akusapota manyiwa ndi amene alibe mwana wa mkazi kapenanso ma gojo kumene. How can u feel if its ur own child getting married at that age?

  25. chipps says:

    Make it 21 bcoz @ 18 it means the child is just finishing her secondary education

  26. Mfwethu says:

    Kodi mwana wawadzungudza Akweni ku MJ ali ndi dzaka zingati? I hope the 18 is not trying to take care of her!!!!

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