Concerns affecting the welfare of children in the country sent President Lazarus Chakwera crying before children who cheered him 0at Kamuzu Palace on Friday morning during this year’s World Children’s Day Commemoration.
During the ceremony held in the banquet hall of Kamuzu Palace in the capital city, Lilongwe the visibly touched head of state could not hold himself but shading tears on several occasions when the children were raising their concerns.
The children who attended the function were very astonished to see Chakwera removing tears from his eyes on several occasions.
Among others the children raised issues of long distances they travel to school, unavailability of safe drinking water in their localities and the most infamous defilements and killings of young children.
In her remarks minister of Gender Children and Disabilities, Patricia Kaliati reported that a good number of children who dropped from school due to early marriages and pregnancies have been repatriated back to schools inline with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Kaliati also thanked the Mzuzu magistrate courts for slapping perpetrators of defilement cases with very stiff punishment which will also deter would be offenders from committing the same.
“Mzuzu Magistrate Courts have taken a leading role in ensuring that those who defile young girls are slapped with stiff punishments, and that must be commendable,” Kaliati said.
However, the minister put it on record that the country is still continuing to register high number of rape and defilement cases since 2018.
And in his remarks, president Chakwera encouraged the children to remain focused with their studies if they are to realis their dreams having the right to education through the country is going through a number of challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I and my colleague, Chilima are very determined to develop this country including the children who do not cast votes, but have a great deal in the socioeconomic development of our great nation, Malawi. I and my team have harmonized all the children related laws which will be taken to parliament very soon,” Chakwera said.
Chakwera also appreciated an increase in number of youth and children engagements on issues that will ensure that the violation of their rights is put to a stop, such as child protection officers are provided with all the necessary support to ensure there is no child labour, marriages or any form of exploitation.
Recently, journalists in all the three regions of the country trading under the banner of Association of Women in Media (Awome) downed their tools to join the campaign against increasing cases of sexual violence in the country.