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Zambian government set to review Marriage Act in order to Criminalise Child Marriages



Victoria Kalima

Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima on Thursday said the Zambian Government is concerned that the problem of early marriages had continued in spite attempts to discourage it which has led them to review the Marriage Act in order to criminalise child marriages. She said so far, tremendous progress has been recorded by the ministry.

We are harmonising the Marriage Act because the constitution states something else. We want to harmonise the age of a child,” she was quoted as saying by the Times of Zambia.

According to, he added that criminalising child marriages would help to deter parents or guardians from marrying off underage children for fear of being jailed.

Zambia has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world, with 42 per cent of women aged 20 to 24 years married before 18 years.


  1. Jennietobbie

    April 21, 2017 at 6:17 am

    ??????????????. Naija, how far nahh ???

  2. The Real Oma

    April 21, 2017 at 9:38 am

    And “The Lion of Africa” is yet to do anything about its own issues.
    More like ‘Chicken of Africa”
    Good on you o Zambia

    • Le coco

      April 21, 2017 at 9:48 am

      When they are too busy marrying the said kids now.. naija ehn..very nasty old men

  3. Idomagirl

    April 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Meanwhile in my country….

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