Speaker says President has signed into law ban on child marriages

Parliamentary Speaker Richard Msowoya has disclosed that President Peter Mutharika has signed into law a ban on child marriages, two months after lawmakers passed a bill raising the marrying age to 18.

Speaker of National Assembly Richard Msowoya with President Mutharika -pic by Lisa Vintulla

Speaker of National Assembly Richard Msowoya with President Mutharika -pic by Lisa Vintulla

The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations bill replaced a widely criticized old law which allowed 15-year-old girls to marry with parental consent

The new law carries a 10-year prison sentence for anyone who marries under the age of 18.

Speaker said ion Wednesday that President Mutharika had now “assented to the bill which has become law”.

Mutharika told reporters recently that previous governments were “afraid to table the bill in parliament after the process to have the bill started 15 years ago.”

But as a “listening government, I am going to decide what is good for the people of Malawi and act accordingly”, he said.

Lawmaker Jessie Kabwila. a spokesperson for the leading opposition party in parliament, the Malawi Congress Party, said the law will have a positive impact.

Kabwila said it “illustrates, aims to fight the problem that is the root of high rates of school drop-outs, fistula, high mortality rates, poverty, HIV and AIDS and other forms of abusive and oppressive conduct that lead to girls getting married early.”

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Headless, Headless Chickens! I quote ” The Speak says President has signed into Law Ban on Child Marriages” and then ” Kaliati Orders Reopening Sex Empire – Mama’s Shabeen” Where are we heading as Malawians? Are these two people able to see the madness in this? This whole saga will defeat the whole bill. The question you must ask yourselves is, is there any lesser evil on these two ( Girl child to be married or Girl child to be doing sex at Mama’s Shabben?) To me both are worse evils if we are serious and we know what we… Read more »

Koma guys these married men secret children out of wedlock! Shaaaaaaaaaaa! We are his wives. I’m happy. Girlfriend for 6 months is also your wife. Munya muona!




that’s great coz education will be improved more especially to the side of girls.

mphasayaweni lobi

Thats good move mr president. may be we can prevent and reduce poverty, maternal death and help girl child stay longer in school.

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