'Child bride' Makanaka Wakatama admits she blocked help from women's organisations

'Child bride' Makanaka Wakatama admits she blocked help from women's organisations
Published: 2014 October 30 07:59:30 (10224 Views)
Makanaka Wakatama's mother Memory Gwata has said she tried to block her child's early marriage but it was fruitless because Makanaka protected her husband.

Gwata said by speaking out in support of the launch of the Makanaka Trust, it reflects that she had forgiven Makanaka and it was important that they move on.

"I only knew about my daughter's pregnancy when she was four months pregnant with the child. I did not know because she had left the country to go and study in the United States. She came back without my knowledge. I only got to know that she was back in the country through the media as well as the revelations that she was pregnant," said Gwata.

However, Girl Child Network activist Betty Makoni tried to help Makanaka at the time and apparently both mother and daughter refused her intervention and sided with the alleged rapist.

Makanaka has admitted that she blocked help from women's organisations.

The setback organisations such as  Betty Makoni 's Girl Child Network faced arguably caused a lot of damage to the plight of young girls at the time.



"I blocked my mother's help and other women organisations groups. At that time I protected my then husband. But today when l speak to girls l always tell them we need to listen to our parents, they will guide us because they know better," she said.

Gwata said, "I tried to stop the marriage with the support of women organisations to no avail. All my efforts were fruitless because Makanaka claimed she loved her husband. As a mother I had no choice but to support my child".

She said the blame game should stop and focus should be concentrated on the campaign against men who take advantage of young girls.

"There is no need for people to blame her or each other because Makanaka has already taken full responsibility of her actions and the results thereof.

Makanaka's trust, which is going to be launched on November 28 as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, will target young girls to get information on the effects of early marriages.

Makanaka said she wanted to rewrite her past by campaigning against child marriages and appealed to the corporate world for support.



Source - Herald

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Anonymous user 2014 November 03 06:52:28
Makanaka, this is a good cause. Soldier on!!
Anonymous user 2014 October 30 19:48:11
Rubbish girl also take advantage of men please stop pointing fingers that man was rich that why makanaka protected him . How many poor men are in jail for rape and how many rich men who rape or raped are jailed ???

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