Slow down on child bearing, Inkosi M’belwa urges subjects in Mzimba

Inkosi ya Makosi M’belwa V of Mzimba has urged his subjects “to slow down on child bearing” saying the rate at which the country’s population is growing is alarming.

Inkosi ya Makosi Mmbelwa V: Stop making too many babies

Inkosi ya Makosi Mmbelwa V: Stop making too many babies

M’belwa made the call at his Edingeni headquarters recently on the sidelines of a visit by Global Hope Mobilization which is running campaigns throughout the country for children between the ages of 6 and 19 to remain in school, and not to rush for marriages.

M’belwa argued that the land was becoming scarce, and that he was lately registering a litany of land dispute cases at his office largely because of the overpopulation problem.

“We’re bearing too many children. We’re growing at an alarming rate, and yet the size of our land is the same,” lamented M’belwa.

The youthful traditional leader encouraged his subjects planning to marry to have “a maximum of two children.”

Himself an advocate that youths remain in school, too, M’belwa chided the youths from engaging in such sordid behaviors as taking alcohol and getting married early.

He asked the youths in his vicinity to “take their time.”

Mzimba District Commissioner Thomas Chirwa thanked Globe Hope Mobilization for the “impact” they were making in the district.

Reacting, Global Hope Mobilization executive director Careb Thole said it was their wish to look into it that young people were “packed with the rights messages” regarding their adolescence.

“It is a critical stage in their development to adulthood, and if right and correct information is not imparted on them at this stage it is a disaster,” said Thole.

M’belwa, Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani of Ntcheu and Bishop Bernard Malasa of the Anglican Church are the named faces championing the project while Skeffa Chimoto is the ambassador.

According to Thole, the choice of chiefs is strategic so as they help in making by-laws that will see to it that children are protected and remain in school while the church leader’s choice is to guide their flock and through preaching disseminate the same message to church-goers.

In Mzimba, Globe Hope Mobilization are running two projects in Edingeni: Narrowing the Gap, a project which is encouraging children to remain in school and Kalondolondo wa ba Mama – aimed at encouraging HIV positive mothers to deliver in hospital so that they avoid mother to child HIV transmissions.

Elsewhere in the country, the organisation is running its projects in the districts of Lilongwe, Ntcheu and Dowa. The projects are run with funding from GIZ.

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13 thoughts on “Slow down on child bearing, Inkosi M’belwa urges subjects in Mzimba”

  1. Wiseman nyirongo says:

    Its high time that Malawi shuld come up with child bearing policy. Keep it up the chief i wish other chiefs shud emulate other wise i sence danger

  2. Wa Koyoka says:

    That is true chief the is already becoming scares and it needs all of a hunan being should carry this message to all levels so as to protect our livelihood of new generation.

  3. Mtembetembe says:

    Thank you Chief for this message. Let all the other chiefs, Group village heads, village heads, politicians at all levels carry this message. Most of Malawi’s problems are a result or aggravated by over population, directly or indirectly. Land is indeed becoming so scarce that people are building or opening gardens in reserved areas or areas where there is great risk of environmental degradation

  4. Bachatola says:

    Siyabonga kakhulu inkosi for the right message. Those worrying about votes remember that American black president has not had a differential impact on American blacks. Politics doesn’t bring you land and bread as an individual.

  5. John says:

    THANK YOU INKOSI. I EXPECTED THIS MESSAGE TO COME FROM THE PRESIDENT HIMSLEF. BUT AS USUAL, THEY ONLY THINK ABOUT VOTES. KODI ACHINA WINIKO AKUFUNA KULANDA MINDA YA TEA KU THYOLO AND MULANJE NDI A KUMPOTO? WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN 2030 WHEN THE POPULATION DOUBLES? WE ARE CREATING ANARCHY.

    WHOEVER MAKES CHILDREN FOR THE SAKE OF VOTES IS A COMPLETE BRUTE! EVEN IF THE PRESIDENT COME FROM YOUR AREA SO WHAT? MUMADYA PAKHOMO PA PRESIDENT KAPENA?

  6. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Maxon Mbendera ativuta! Watulukanso pachithunzi ngati Mbelwa!

    Atumbuka ingovomerezani kuti simumatha kukwata thats why mulipo ochepa and you are failing to produce a president. Osanamizira zoti mukuchulukanazo, tchire lonse liri kwanu lija!

  7. Equal Rights says:

    Good message Inkosi. You can’t say let’s multiply in order to create more votes and produce a president! That’s one dimensional thinking. Is an average villager from Mulanje richer than his counterpart in Mzimba? Probably not. The Mzimba man might have more assets in terms of land, cattle and may be able to educate his offspring better. Producing a president will have no direct benefit to the common man. Nthawi yanu idzakwana. Black Americans did not need to outnumber whites in order to produce a president. When our politics mature and become issues based, one’s region will matter less. Back to the Obama analogy, having a black president hasn’t made black Americans richer. They continue to be shot dead by white police. Nobody eats politics

  8. kadamanja says:

    Wanyinthu wakuswana ku mwera uku and mavoti wakutiluska, ise nase lekani tiswane nkhosi. Wayambe ni Pitala nawanthu wake.

  9. Sibuyile says:

    Shiya inkosi yethu,futhi musa kumkhathaze.Abantu abayiziphukuphuku.

  10. Chifwede says:

    this message wa Tata Inkhosi ya Makhosi needs to be preacher in Thyolo, Mulanje BT and other southern region districts. Up here we are around 1.7 million. No wonder we cant produce a president. Leave us, let us make babies for the sake of elections

  11. Mvula J. Mvula says:

    I salute you Inkosi Mbelwa V for your warning that we are producing too many children. The land size is constant whereas the population is variable. Most of the economic and social problems we have are as a result of the overpopulation. Take for example the population of Malawi and find out the number of people engaged in agriculture to produce food for the population – you will be surprised! This is true for every sector. Take the roads, the hospitals, the schools, the colleges and universities and you name it. We have multiplied and filled the earth to the brim. We need to take responsibility and what you are proposing is a right direction to providing solutions to some of the challenges we face.

  12. Reality check says:

    Do the wildlofe people see these hides. I winder where they get them. If you go to their homes they have skins of different animals. Instead of keeping the animals in the jungle to reproduce, each one of them hunts/buy from poachers for own pride. Pafunika lamolo loti amene apezeke nacho chikopa alopire mulandu wopha zachilengedwe basi.

  13. The Picture Analyst says:

    What fashion statement is this amfumu?
    When the world was young and when all girls were virgins (long long time ago not now or anymore); the zinjanthropus used to dress like this to celebrate and remember his/her hunting escapes and skills. Inuyo hunting yake mukumapangira kuti, yomwe mufuna muzikumbukirayo? A a, we need to change! Mafumu anzanu pano amavala ngati ma prophet – robes and a hat, inu u prophet simukuufuna?
    Some confused lads in town will put on the head gear like mchira wa leopard yet they have never ever seen a leopard. In confusion, amavalanso suit. Just be what you are! You cant be everything!

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