By Moses Magadza in Swaziland
Ezulwini: It is the 3rd of June, 2016. The clock ticks towards 4pm at the Royal Swazi Hotel here during the 39th Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum.
It has been approximately a year and a half since the SADC PF and other partners began developing a SADC Model Law on eradicating Child Marriage and protecting those already in marriage. The Plenary Assembly Session is the highest decision-making body of SADC PF - the deliberative body that brings together 14 national parliaments of Southern Africa.
Today, the region's parliamentarians stand on the cusp of history. After nearly nine hours of intense debate and poring over all parts of the draft model law, a bold decision must be made.
In attendance are about 190 people. They include Speakers of National parliaments, parliamentarians and traditional leaders - the first time latter have attended a SADC Plenary Assembly Session. Also present are observers. Mostly representatives of organisations that collaborate with SADC PF.