Traditional leaders blame social media for rising cases of child marriages

By Tamuka Charakupa

TRADITIONAL leaders in Chipinge have been challenged to play their oversight role in ending child marriages which are common in the district.

Following First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa’s visit to Chipinge last week, traditional leadership in the district met this Saturday to deliberate and map a way forward towards raising awareness on ending child marriages common in the district.

District government officials and stakeholders spoke on the importance of capacitating traditional leaders towards effective implementation of government policy and preservation of traditional and cultural norms.

“These meetings with traditional leaders are important because they are the custodians of people in the community and a window for communication and implementation of government programmes,” said Simba Mwaingeni, Chipinge Business and Residents Trust.

“We were embarrassed when the First Lady pointed out that we are still among the communities with high child marriage cases and that needs to stop,” said Honourable Raymore Machingura, Legislator for Chipinge Central.

Meanwhile, Chipinge district has been battling to end child marriages which are mainly driven by poverty, negative cultural practices and re-occurring droughts.