Theresa Kachindamoto who is the new chief in Malawi has annulled over 1500 child marriages ever since she took office as the leader of her area and with that done, she sent these young ladies back to school.
She has been nullifying the marriages since 2017, and most of the girls had been married off before they could even finish school and so Kachindamoto has put them back to school in Malawi.
Having been a widely accepted cultural practice in the area, many parents had previously married their children off at a young age, usually for financial reasons.
Kachindamoto was determined to take a stand against the tradition which made teenage girls before the age of 18 becomes wives and mothers yet they had school to finish.
When she visited the area of Monkey Bay, the chief met with girls as young as 12 who had both children and husbands.
To this she responded by saying: “I told them: ‘Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated.’”
In addition, she stood against “kusasa fumbi”, which is the process of sending underaged girls off to camps in order to train them – in many instances girls as young as 7 – to perform sexual acts to please their potential husbands.
Kachindamoto threatened to remove any chief from power who allowed this practice, changing the laws that were affecting the way people were able to act.
At one point she had no choice but to fire four chiefs in areas where child marriages were still happening, as well as getting 50 sub-chiefs to sign an agreement abolishing the practice of early marriage.
The Chief has not had it rosey as she has been receiving some serious death threats from the chiefs that she fired and those who are against her new ideals and ways of leadership with particular focus to scrapping of child marriages.
Story sourced from I Heart Intelligence
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