DELIVERED AT YHE 40TH PLENARY ASSEMBLY SESSION OF THE SADC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM,
10TH NOVEMBER, 2016,
The President of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, in absenstia;
Deputy President of the SADC PF, Hon Joseph Njobvuyalema;
The Speaker of the Parliament of Zimbabwe, Adv. Jacob Mudenda;
Hon Speakers here present;
The Secretary General of SADC PF; Dr Esau Chiviya;
Hon Members from SADC PF Member States;
Cooperating partners of SADC PF,
Staff of SADC PF;
Invited guests, ladies and gentlemen;
Members of the Media.
Comrades and friends.
Today is a great day in the history of our SADC Region. Today will go down in the annals of history as the day that our Members of Parliament, as elected representatives of the great people of our region, set aside political and other differences to resoundingly say NO to child marriage by delivering a Model Law that will no doubt provide guidance to all our Member States as they develop or refine their own national laws to address child marriage.