CCJP censures Malawi harmful cultural practices, calls immediate abolishment

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) in Mangochi Diocese has said harmful cultural practices are a menace that are robbing of children right to education and has since called on authorities to abolish them.

Opinion leaders captured with CCJP officials during the meeting

Opinion leaders captured with CCJP officials during the meeting

Traditional Authority Chowe speaking at the event

Traditional Authority Chowe speaking at the event

CCJP’s observation comes at a time when leaders, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders in the country are pressing the government hard to change some archaic policies, arguing they are weak and doom the future of the children.

Speaking during the interface meeting recently in Mangochi, CCJP Project Officer Patrick Kumbuyo said some cultural practices are outmoded and they need to be amended or abolished completely.

“Some cultural practices are beehive of moral decadence. Instead of shaping children to be good citizens they shape them bad citizens and consequently they (children) begin to look for men and women for marriage, thereby, dropping-out of school,” noted Kumbuyo.

He challenged that the much touted 50-50 representation campaign in various positions by NGOs in the country will remain a nightmare unless obsolete harmful cultural are modified.

Kumbuyo expressed shock that Mangochi is still registering high cases of school drop-out rate despite several interventions by stakeholders, noting this is being exacerbated by various cultural practices.

‘As CCJP we will remain an influential actor in promoting children’s right so that children should get quality education and become responsible citizens,” he explained.

In his remarks, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe described the concerns of CCJP as genuine, promising to take action together with his subjects.

“Harmful cultural practices must indeed go. No-one should abuse our children in the name of initiation rites or anything near that is harmful in its nature,” warned the Chief.

With funding from Tilitonse CCJP is implementing a two- year Enhanced Citizen Participation for Accountable and Responsive Governance in Mangochi; where it is ensuring that right-holders exercise their democratic rights on participation on governance.

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Pata phiri
Guest

The problem wigh ccj is that they convert muslims that’s y the fumus tell them get of our children

che mamu
Guest

Be specific

GONANI
Guest

Those who are against the idea of doing away with destructive cultures are either too ignorant to understand or just foolish. How can they ague with the idea when they hear that Mangochi has the highest school dropouts in the country?

Sub T/A
Guest

Which culture are you talking about?You are busy abolishing other people’s culture and other side you are promoting and funding mulakho wa ngulu with AIDS money what nonsense is that.Every tribe or azungu they have their own culture it’s natural that is identity which shows who you are where you come from mafumu enanu mukamatsutsako zina kumangololera zirizonse bwanji kuzerezeka

Mwiza
Guest

Do some rites de passage such as chinamwali contribute to early marriage? There might be need to look at the package and then reconsider scope of some topics

TOY B wakungodzi JAMES
Guest
TOY B wakungodzi JAMES

Tivinibwe basi

musova
Guest

Za chamba basi ife culture yathu sitingaisiye

tamanda
Guest

how i wish project imeneyi ikadaifako kuno kukaronga.hope mangochi district isintha ndipo likhala boma lachitsanzo

kanyake Mughogho
Guest

AT TIMES WE AS CITIZENS WE HAVE TO BE CUSTODIANS OF OUR CULTURE BUT TO ABOLISH THEM MEANS WE DO NOT HAVE IDENTITIES.E.G WHEN YOU WERE A TODDLER PEOPLE USED TO CALL MABVUTO NOW YOU ARE EDUCATED U HAVE CHANGED YOUR NAME TO SEAN ARE DOING THE PROJECTS AFTER FEASIBILITY STUDY OR WE ARE DOING FOR THE SAKE OF NGO-GATE TWO YRS JUST FOR CHILD RIGHTS OOOOH UNEMPLOYMENT LEVELS ARE GROWING AT ALARMING RATE INDEED JOB CREATION WE ARE LOOSING DIRECTION…..

Fundo Kumbuyo
Guest

cultural practices are real, let us not pretend.

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