Mutharika talks tough on child labour: it is a crime against future generationBLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi leader has sent a strong message to people who are perpetrating child labour saying the act is a crime against the future generations and government will take stern action against them.

Launching commemorations for this year’s world child labour day, under the theme ‘Child labour and the supply chain’ at Crossroads Hotel on Friday, Mutharika said the future of this country depends on the type of treatment children get today.

“We have gathered here to commit ourselves to show that we care for our children and treasure their humanity. We all have the duty to dignify our children and protect them from any harm,” the President said.

Commenting on this year’s theme, the president said globalization has created supply chains that are too complex, which has resulted in children being the target of cheap labour.
Mutharika warned those employing children to stop the malpractice as government will take serious actions against them.

“Recruitment of children for work is illegal under the laws of Malawi and those of you recruiting children you may think you are hiding but the long arm of the law will catch you,” he warned.

International labour Organization (ILO) country officer for Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, Alexio Musindo, concurred with the president saying child labour is evil and if left unattended could derail development of a country.

 “Child labour is present in Malawi and it is in almost all of its supply chains of the country’s economy including agriculture, manufacturing and services.

World child labor day is celebrated every year. The day is set to raise awareness about the evils of child labour and call for concerted efforts for a complete eradication.