Chiefs Want Punitive Powers Over Child Marriages

MIDLANDS Province’s Chief Muhumbane said traditional leaders and chiefs must be granted powers to punish child marriages offenders if the prevailing surge in child marriages cases is to be nipped in the bud. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a Chief’s Indaba in Gweru, Chief Muhumbane said there was conflict between customary law and criminal law and as a result, chiefs were battling to combat Child marriages. “Your excellency, we ask that there be clarity on issues of customary law and criminal law. Many a timers, you find that offenses are…

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