Malawi: Council Develops By-Laws to Promote Child Rights

Mangochi – The Mangochi District Council has developed by-laws meant to promote enrolment, attendance and retention of children in school.

The pieces of legislation will also wee children being protected from child labour and child trafficking.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Monday, District Social Welfare Officer for Mangochi Macleod Mphande said the initial draft of the by-laws was referred to a lawyer for review to ensure they were in tandem with the laws of Malawi.

Mphande said Mangochi Town Council has accepted the final draft of the by-laws which were brought back to the council by the lawyer but requested for some amendments on the enforcement of the by – laws.

He said the initial draft showed that the village heads and village development committees will also take a major role in enforcing the by-laws but final copy has been silent on the same.

Mphande said laws and policies are always there to promote and protect children observing that incidents of child abuse and violence against children are committed because there was a problem of enforcement of the by-laws.

“Some of the duty bearers are not playing their roles and that the laws were not gazetted,” Mphande observed.

Source: Angola Press News Agency