Concerned Youth in Machinga Accuse Authorities Of Not Helping Reduce Child Marriages


Concerned youths in Machinga have accused  authorities in the district of not showing interest in constituting child marriage by-laws that will help reduce cases of child marriages.

Grace Bowawa, a youth champion from Traditional Authority Chikweo said this when a group of youths delivered a petition to authorities including Paramount Chief Kawinga forcing them to formulate by-laws. 

Traditional Authority Mchinguza said chiefs in the district already developed the by-laws and that they were waiting for approval from district council officials.

Meanwhile, the district chief administration officer Ellen Bikoko acknowledged having received the draft  by-laws; saying the council was working on them before submitting to the Ministry of Local Government.

The meeting was organised by a consortium of Youth Response for Social Change, Forum for Youth Development and Nayuchi Development which are implementing a Social Transformation for Ending Child Marriage project in Machinga district with support from USAID.