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Minister Calls For The Arrest Of A Chinese National Who Married An Underage Girl

Minister Calls For The Arrest Of A Chinese National Who Married An Underage Girl

Women Affairs, Community and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Minister Sithembiso Nyoni minister Sithembiso Nyoni has called for the arrest of a Chinese national who married an underage girl, as well as the parents of the minor.

The 15-year-old girl from Sanyati District under Chief Neuso in Mashonaland West has since dropped out of school.

She was doing Form Three at Tomdrayer Secondary School before her parents married her off to the Chinese miner.

The parents of the girl were reportedly paid US$2 000 as bride price on 26 November.

The Chinese national is employed at Ringxin/Mambo Mine as an engineer.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) said they are investigating the matter.

Speaking in an interview with NewsDay yesterday, Nyoni said marrying off persons under the age of 18 is a violation of the constitution. She said:

The minor is under 18 years and it is unconstitutional. Those parents must be brought to book and the Chinese national must be arrested over the matter. This is unacceptable.

Karen Mukwasi, a human rights activist started the petition titled “A call to action on Chinese nationals and child sexual exploitation”. Mukwasi said:

The police need to close in on the Chinese perpetrator. Locals have reported that the family is considering swapping the victim’s identity with that of an older sibling and police need to close in and prevent any cover-up.

The child is not safe in the custody of parents who voluntarily exploited her for financial gain and, therefore, police should work with relevant departments to remove the child to a safe environment until the case is concluded.

African Union goodwill ambassador on ending child marriages, Nyaradzayi Gumbodzvanda said:

Such dangerous criminal behaviour must be nipped in the bud. Government must review the terms and conditions of some of these investors to ensure compliance with the laws of the country.

Debate on child marriages intensified after the death of 14-year-old Memory Machaya, who died during childbirth at a Johanne Masowe shrine in Marange in July.

More: NewsDay

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Shampoo 5 months ago

Mu China ngaabatwe uyo. Adzoserwe kumusha kwake ku China.

Jonh Wick 5 months ago

I told u to look at this article in limbo kkkkkkk no arrest they are still investigating kkkkkkk will come back to you in the near future Zhong immunology kkkkkkkk🐿️🐿️🐿️🐿️

Tentin 5 months ago

Idzinyaya hadzisi Hanya. Vasikana vanhasi vari kuita bonde kubva Kuma 10 years, Saka regai munhu asarure zvaanoda, after all pa 15 years anogona lunge Ava nekuma 5 yrs dzekutevera. You want to fight nature!

Kanda 5 months ago

Taura hako chibaba ndozvapo iye pachake akasvigwa anemakore mangani ngatipe answer

Kanda 5 months ago

Musatinyaudze netunyaya twenyu arikungosvigwa ma15 year old vamwe less mukutoshungurudza munhu ava kutoda zveimba tovaona vana ava isu togara mughetto hameno kwenyu kumarazor wire vamwe vanotogara Vega vabereki varikuS.A vachiuya kamwe pagore vana vachichengetwa nanaboys

Greedy 5 months ago

imi ndini nemwana Vangu ndoziwa Kuti Mwana Vangu akura kwete ma outsiders handiti

Mwana Ane 15/16 years akuita Mukomana achiita bonde paanodira kusvika pa18 Saka Moti imi zvakaoma years idzi imi wemutemo muchirara zvenyu naye pamunoda aaaaah kwete at 15 uye muwiri can tell Kuti awanikwe HANDITI


Mr Tsodido 5 months ago

Police this is a simple case. What goes for the gander goes for the goose? We have a reference case in point yaAnna/Memory Machaya and Momberume. The Marange case. This Chinese dude must be brought to book.

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