MPs condemn Boko Haram

Ms Michelle Gudo (fore) of UN Women and Ms Caroline Matizha (left) from the Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development Ministry protest at the Nigerian embassy in Harare yesterday against the kidnapping of girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Ms Michelle Gudo (fore) of UN Women and Ms Caroline Matizha (left) from the Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development Ministry protest at the Nigerian embassy in Harare yesterday against the kidnapping of girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Herald Reporter—
National Assembly members from different political parties yesterday expressed solidarity with the people and government of Nigeria following the abduction of more than 200 girls from a school three weeks ago by the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram. The parliamentarians were debating a motion moved by Mufakose representative Ms Paurina Mpariwa to present a report on a conference in South Africa last November on legislators’ responses to violence against women and girls in Africa.

Buhera Central representative Cde Joseph Chinotimba said Africa should take action against Boko Haram as a matter of urgency.
“As Zimbabweans, we should all condemn what happened in Nigeria. As African countries, we should all condemn that act and unite and send forces to Nigeria to find those girls,” Cde Chinotimba said.

Southerton representative Mr Gift Chimanikire said the abduction of the girls was a primitive act.
“The heinous activities by Boko Haram are condemnable. In this day and age we are supposed to be civilised and not act in this barbaric manner,” he said.

Cde Sabina Mangwende added that it was unacceptable that human trafficking was continuing unabated.
“What has happened in Nigeria is painful especially to women. It is also painful that women continue to be the victims of human trafficking,” Cde Mangwende said.

The girls were abducted at a boarding school in Chibok, northern Nigeria on April 14.
A video from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau on Monday showed some of the abducted girls. Shekau demanded the release of Boko Haram militants held in Nigeria’s jails in exchange for the girls’ freedom.

Cde Annastancia Ndlovu also expressed her solidarity with Nigeria.
“We don’t know where they are and pray to God for their speedy release,” she said.

The Senate also condemned the abduction and Sen Chitaka said Africa should unite to secure the release of the girls.
“It is important that this Senate sends a strong message of disapproval. Africa must not tolerate this abuse. These girls must be released without conditions,” said Sen Chitaka.

Manicaland Senator Judith Mawire (Zanu-PF) said she never thought Africans would do that to each other.
“I am shocked by men in Africa who have no respect for women,” she said, sentiments echoed by Matabeleland North Senator Thokozile Mathuthu.

The Nigerian government is searching for the girls while China, United States, Britain and France have offered assistance.

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  • Mudimbu

    Why is that I get a sad suspicion that it’s not just Boko Haram who are profiting from this whole saga? Why is that even Nigerian journalists caution and say, “With Nigeria you never know!”? I guess we can expect to receive some email very soon stating that “…blablabla my daughter iss ammohng tha kidsneps gales end she hoss left me a bag of mohni in a bucket of ink. Please help to free her by paying off the kidsnepsers. Send me what you can.”

    • rukudzo

      You are very right. There was an article elsewhere which says the whole boko haram thing was initiated by oil barons to find a pretexte of bringing foreign military powers into Nigeria; now everyone is singing bring back our girls but none is asking who is boko haram?

  • sekuru baba chatunga

    Chinotimba is very practical.these girls will not be released even if we print a trillion posters.speak to the boko harubbish in a language they understand better.Our Zimbabwean forces managed to bring out their fellows from Ikella.they can go snatch out these girls.

    • Sadombo

      spot on

  • Winds off Change

    But can we say Nigeria does not know where these girls are? Let’s be serious ,200 girls

    • Sadombo

      Boko Haram is a creation of foreign funders working in cahoots with Nigerian politicians who are within the ruling party. Nigeria is screwed

  • Neolexus

    The day that Africans start taking initiatives through bodies such as AU in response to crises such as these, is when the West will take us seriously and stop acting on our behalf. We should not complain about Africom’s presence as long as we behave in this manner.

    A summit on Boko Haram is being arranged by France, because African leaders are busy biting their nails.

    • Sadombo

      The African Union itself is a toothless bulldog that does not even bark

  • Zacky

    Musatibate kumeso apa. The picture of demonstrating women is showing plates full French Fries (Chips) and i can see juices on the table. Ladies lets us be serous. Is that what people who are deeply concerned behave. Tipei maserous

  • Zimbo

    Our own women demanding the release of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria. As fellow Africans this is recommendable. Back home lets take the same courage demanding the prosecuting of those corrupt individuals, stealing our own resources, fighting to bring down the Zim-ASSET.

  • Zvirikumbofamba sei sei

    Those ladies are not protesting,they are simply holding placards next to a table filled with tantalising foods!!!

  • Gambukambu

    Cde Chinotamba has grabbed the bull by the horns. l concur!!!

  • Sadombo

    WISE WORDS
    Buhera Central representative Cde Joseph Chinotimba said Africa should take action against Boko Haram as a matter of urgency.

    “As Zimbabweans, we should all condemn what happened in Nigeria. As
    African countries, we should all condemn that act and unite and send
    forces to Nigeria to find those girls,” Cde Chinotimba said.

  • Sadombo

    We have a clown disguised as a president. Mr Goodluck Johnathan and his team are not serious