Activists accuse MCP candidate Gwengwe of marrying a child bride

A group of political activists are challenging the candidature  Sosten Gwengwe, the candidate for the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the Lilongwe Msozi North parliamentary by-election scheduled for  October  17, accusing him that he married a child bride.

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Speaking at a news conference at Crown Hotel in Lilongwe on Tuesday, Philip Kamangira of Citizen Alliance  said the country’s Constitution stipulates every Malawian aspiring for public office  is supposed to be adhere to the rule of law all the time and needs to be exemplary to the society.

Flanked by Fredrick Malata, Kennedy Mwene Munyapala, Kamangira alleges that Gwengwe who has served as a cabinet minister, Member of Parliament and in  2014 he was the running mate to the then incumbent president Joyce Banda, continues to violate the laws of the country

According to Kamangira , Gwengwe who is a director of Alice Gwengwe Foundation, married a under aged girl of 15 years old called Catherine Tsache in 2015 who was a student at his school.

Kamangira alleges that the girl who is now 17 years is not only vulnerable but also an orphan and that Gwengwe took advantage of her poor situation and status.

“When a teacher marries an underage girl, it is an offence leading to either dismissal or punishment. Hon Gwengwe has demonstrated such kind of behavior to two different girls from the same institution which he directs. He has abused his position of influence in all manners of fairness. How safe are our girls who we send to his school? What identity is he portraying to the public over such a grave misconduct by a learned man like him,” querried Kamangira.

According to Kamangira, as a public figure Gwengwe ought to have been on the forefront discouraging early child marriages.

He said: “As a country, we have put all the legal and policy instruments that strongly safeguard the rights of a girl child. Our own excellent performer, Senior Chief Kachindamoto in Dedza, has dissolved over 800 child marriages. How then are we allowing those who re aspiring for the public offices like Hon. Sosten Gwengwe to continue violating the Laws of this country in abusing the 17 year old girl on the pretext of marriage which is not just illegal but immoral?”

According to Kamangira this does not only questions the integrity of Gwengwe but also reflects badly on the leadership of MCP.

The group which says they are not calling for the disqualification of Gwengwe but only reminding him to realize that as someone vying for the public office, he is obliged to observe the laws of Malawi especially those that affect the future of a girl child

“We cannot allow him to continue abusing and exploiting this innocent 17 year old girl on the pretext of marriage due to her vulnerability. We call upon the law enforcers to immediately investigate on this matter and protect Catherine if possible send her back to school,” he said.

There was no immediate reaction from Gwengwe.

But MCP spokesperson Eisenhower Mkaka said  its is  petty politicking.

Mkaka said in Gwengwe, they have a candidate that “needs no introduction in the area”, saying the party is poised to retain the constituency.

The parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of Highton Jiya in January this year. He was also an MCP member.

Gwengwe  once dumped MCP to join the DPP and later PP before “returning to his nest.”

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Ineyo
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If it’s true kuti anaterodi abwanawa then chilungamo chiyende ngati madzi basi so zandale apa

Fair Play
Guest

hehehe Gwengweyo anali ndi zaka zingati momwe amakwatira kamwanaka? ana okhaokha anakwatirana apa hiyaaaaaa!!!!!

Nganya
Guest

Apa a Gwenge analakwisa. Ngakhale mwanayu anali wa masiye, sichifukwa chomukwatirila aliwang’ono, akanamupasa sukulu ya ulere chabwino ndikuzamukwatira akakula. Any way, madzi atayika titani.

nyenyezi
Guest

Palibe chiona ine chanzeru apa osangonena kuti akudyetsani banzi a DPP bwanji? Nthawi yonseyi munali kuti mwaziwa lero? Cheap politics ngati mukufuna maudindo uku chimanga akupatseni munjira ina osati mwakamba apazi, nanu a Kamangira umphawi wakuvulazani eti kusowa zochita kumeneko, kafunsireni ntchito muzidyetsa banja lanu osati zimenezi

mjiba
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izi ndi zovuta kulowelela mulekeni Gwengweyo ayankhepo yenkha. Mulekeni abwele poyela kuti anene kuti mkazi wake, kaya kumene anapeleka mimba ali ndi zaka zingati? Kodi ndizoona kuti mtsikanayu anali pasukulu yake ya Gwengweyo ndipo anamupasa mimba ali ndi zaka zosayenela kukwatila malinga ndi malamulo a dziko lino? Nanga pokuti Gwengwe akufuna kuyimanso ngati MP kodi mchitidwewu azazuzula bwanji pamene iye ali patsogolo kugona ndi wana ndi kumawakwatila. Kodi chifukwa choti ndi olemela alibe mlandu pokuti akuuyimila Malawi Congress Party? Kodi chipani cha MCP ngati chikuvomereza mchitidwe umenewu ndiye kuti atsikana azatetezedwa mudziko muno chipanichi chikazalowa muboma???

Nadzimbiri
Guest

akusiyana chani ndi Eric Aniva?

Kanthiti Mzandu
Guest

Booking for the room for press conference, paying journalist, paying inu o lankhulani buying fuel for vehicles used,and for the security aaaaaaasha iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii aaaaaaasha koma chiboma ichi kuononga ndalama zonsezo bwanji osagulila mankhwala mzi pat ala, bwanji osagulila magalimoto a Police kuti azipangila ma patrols, bwanji osakonzera madzi ku 18 komwe anthu alikumwa matuvi/manyi/nyasi koma chiboma ichi aaaaa

cashgate
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That’s not activism ; can Nyas times find another term for this stupidity? So at this present time are there still ppl who still think they can get away with this mediocrity? Indeed stupidity is a gift but DPP pliz don’t misuse your stupidity kkkkkk

Jamax
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Too late to bring such accusation,,,, 2015 is 2 years and I think she has a baby now,,, ok if this is true then let the child continue enjoying the family life as she is grown up now.

Toka
Guest

Akutumani eti? Mbuzi zachabechabe.

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