Not easy to eliminate child labour- Commissioner

Deputy Labour Commissioner, Wafwile Musukwa, has said one key level that can substantially reduce the rate of child labour is the level of economic development.

Deputy Labour Commissioner for Labour and Manpower Development Mr.Wafwile Musukwa makes his closing remarks after  a round table meeting on Child labour in Lilongwe on Friday (C) Stanley Makuti

Deputy Labour Commissioner for Labour and Manpower Development Mr.Wafwile Musukwa makes his closing remarks after a round table meeting on Child labour in Lilongwe on Friday (C) Stanley Makuti

Speaking during the final day of the 2-day seminar on child labour elimination on Friday, Musukwa said child labour is a big task to eliminate, starting from causes and fight poverty in most families.

“In our view as government we take child labour seriously because parents and guardians will need enough resources to look after the children. These should be provided so that that they would not go to look for piece works in order to find food or clothing.

“We need corroboration and consented efforts, we should avoid the blame game and always work together,” he said.

Musukwa also said during the seminar, they discussed a lot of issues that highlighted child labour issues and that it is clear that child labour is a complex issues starting from causes.

He said the major problem is poverty and the issue of fighting poverty is not primary responsible of the Ministry of labour, it is the responsibility of Ministry of finance.

“We will find that there is a close relationship between child labour and education, most of child labour is in Agriculture and that area is for their ministry and that means it is important for the ministries to ensure that there is proper inter ministerial cooperation and coordination in working together to combat child labour” Musukwa said.

He explained that the ministry will be presenting the child labour Policy to the Office of the President (OPC), for consideration by the cabinet.

The Policy seeks to strengthen illegal and regulatory framework, enhance the fight against HIV/AIDS as they relate to child labour.

This is so because most of child headed households end up in child labour, thus the fight against child labour needs concrete information so that interventions are very focused and a collection of child labour up to date.

Child labour elimination seminar was held at the Bingu International Conference Center (BICC) in Lilongwe.–Mana

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Really? Or your heads or systems believes so? It is possible. Unfortunately most of our policies are are not preventive in nature but only addresses aftermath of the problem. Deal with parents with parents that are not providing care to their children, bring child per family policy to control families that are just giving births but without supporting mechanisms to their children. You are paid to think, and not tell us this crap. Or is it you were there because of allowances?


Very true! Everybody who is thinking otherwise is a fool!


Mukuti mwana asagwire ganyu ndiye adya chiyani? Boma likampeza limamtenga ndikukampereka kwa makolo ake kumene kulibe chilichonse. Mulungu anati uzadya thukuta lako. But in UK i heard that by 13 years one can be doing piece works in factories while continuing with school- how is their policy.


Oh!!!!! After two days of drinking tea and purified water for free during that conference, you come out with this kind of conclusion: IT is difficult to stop child labour. You guys are not serious. Is difficult too for you guys to be fired or not??? Stop this nonsense. Check with other countries. Compasory schooling and also those guys with outside children need to pay child support or get locked up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angel of Doom

Are you that dull?

Ask other countries?

Who did the other countries ask? Child labour is not always about employing children, it covers a wide range of activities.

Telling your own children to was plates is within the definition of child labour, taking them to the garden even during school holiday is within the definition of child labour. And your answer is to ask other countries?

mr nyasa

Poverty yaonjeza

Mulla Omaar

This is africa and in particular malawi. Tonse takula tulisha n’gombe basi

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