The erosion of cultural values and lack of parenting and have been cited as major drivers to child marriages.

Contributing to the public hearing on ending child marriages, villagers said the culture in some of the religious sects tends to fuel child marriages, while others unanimously agreed that poverty is a major push factor.

Some villagers blamed the information and communication  technological devises, saying it has also contributed to child marriages.

The public hearing is being spearheaded by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committees on Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Youth Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Health and Child Care and the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development at Domboshawa in Mutare West constituency.