Call to jail child rapists for life

Minister Mupfumira

Minister Mupfumira

Vongai Mbara Herald Reporter
Child rapists deserve life imprisonment and the ongoing amendment of the Children’s Act should address the issue decisively to deter potential culprits, Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Prisca Mupfumira has said.

Speaking at the SOS Mother’s Day ladies brunch held at Crowne Plaza Hotel recently, Minister Mupfumira said many children’s lives were destroyed as a result of rape and her ministry was doing everything possible to ensure stiffer penalties for child rapists.

“As a mother, it really pains me to see our children’s lives being destroyed by rapists,” she said. “If a person who steals one cow is sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment, then what more of a person who takes away a child’s pride and ruins his or her life? They deserved to be jailed for life.”

Minister Mupfumira said the process of amending the Children’s Act had already begun. “We already have people in Nyanga working on the amendments and we hope that soon, an amendment deterring child rape will be passed,” she said.

Minister Mupfumira said it was the role of mothers to prevent child marriages. “Anyone under 18 is a child and should be given a chance to enjoy childhood,” she said. “It is our duty as mothers to protect our daughters from child marriages. Some mothers are selling their young children because of greed and it is such a shame to our com- munity.”

Minister Mupfumira thanked SOS Children’s Village for its charitable work in ensuring that children are sheltered and educated.

“I would like to applaud SOS on behalf of the ministry for their generous work,” she said. “We, as the Government, cannot do it by ourselves, but it is organisations like you that help us get the job done in securing our children’s lives.

“Let us keep on helping each other and encourage our children to do their best and shine above all.”

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  • Ray Mbada

    It’s my opinion that prisoners be put to productive use rather than being an expense to the nation as it is today. The prisoners should be paying back to the nation which they wronged, but, instead, they are feasting on the tax-payer’s funds which I view (personally) as wrong.

  • mpengo

    Kereke almost got away to and it was private prosecution that saved the day, not the prosecuting authority, which was compromised.

    The police (in many legitimate cases) do their jobs well, present evidence and prosecuting and judicial arm of the process fails because of corruption or incompetence.

    Remember Makanaka Wakatama? A child at the time, who was on TV and was the object of desire of a certain man, who then pursued and raped her (statutorily). All sorts of institutions, media and non profits highlighted the case, there was a public uproar…yet how did it all end?

    Under the carpet!