By: Thula Chisamba
The Malawi Star can reveal that that some parents in Mzimba are cashing-in on their daughters in transactions that they carry out with some South African based Malawian immigrants.
Information gathered by this publication shows that most parents establish markets for their daughters as earlier as possible. It has been observed that some even establish such trade links at a time their daughters sails through pubescent stage.
“They then publicize that their products are ready and serious suitors could come forward to negotiate on the deal,” said village headman Mbondolo of Mzimba.
Inkosi Kampingo Sibande confirmed the existence of the practice among his subjects further unveiled that the most welcome suitors to the deals are only those who are based in South Africa.
He went on to reveal that most parents in Mzimba still regard Malawian emigrants to South Africa as the most capable men who can ably take care of their daughters.
“So they reach the extent of sending photos of their daughters to people they believe can manage paying all the expenses and later take good care of their daughters,” said Sibande.
Nonetheless, they do so without thinking about the health state of their prospective son inlaws abroad because all they focus on is
money. Social welfare officer for the district, Yohane Chikwalimba who also confided the trend to The Malawi Star observed that the tendency has seen most girls dropping out of school in Mzimba.
“However most of the men who pretend to marry them, have a propensity of dumping such girls later because they already have South African spouses,” said Chikwalimba.
A 17 year old Alice Theu, is another girl who was dumped by his South African based Malawian spouse and now she is staggering to raise her child as a single parent.
“The problems that I am facing are beyond my age and I always blame my parents for all this,” she told our reporter.
Police officer in charge for Mzimba Peter Kajumba also confirmed the rise in related cases but vowed to arrest all the masterminds.