Rights activists to launch ant-early child marriage campaign

A campaign aimed at ending early and forced child marriages in Zimbabwe is set to be launched at Book café in Harare this Friday.

In an interview with CORAH, organizers of the event, Real Opportunities for Transformation Support's (ROOTS) Director Beatrice Savadye says the campaign will raise awareness on the practice of marrying off young girls which she says has become prevalent in the country. ‘We have decided to do something about the bad traditional and religious practices that has seen many young girls being forced into early marriages under different circumstances. The campaign comes against the backdrop of many reported cases of forced marriages especially of young girls below the age of eighteen.

‘As ROOTS, we condemn this act of injustice which is rearing its ugly head from time to time in our society. Such practices should never be allowed to continue in this day and age and under a new constitutional dispensation where all people are equal irrespective of gender and age. The launch of this campaign will therefore help raise awareness against these bad practices,’ said Savadye.

She added that the campaign will also target girls in remote areas who are prone to abuse.

Cases of girls being married off at tender ages are rife in Zimbabwe especially amongst poor communities. A programme broadcast by Community Radio Harare (CORAH FM) on Channel Zim radio station last week chronicled the life of poor girls in Hopley Farm who have been forced into marriages because of poverty. Others said they ended up being married after losing their parents to HIV whilst some argued their churches were on the forefront of promoting child marriages.

Also, statistics from a recent study carried out by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that 21% of the girls in Zimbabwe are married before the age of 18.

 
CORAH FM Live on Channel Zim today @ 1pm

1pm - 1:20pm
In our NEWS presented by RUTENDO MUQAGA, Chitungwiza councilors accuse the municipality's management for contributing to the deterioration of service delivery, AND, an Epworth community - based health group hails government for rolling out an anti cervical cancer program.

1:20pm -2pm
YEUKAI KAPISA will host the programme COMMUNITY FOCUS looking at Harare city council's recent announcement that it will soon put in place an independent water utility board. The Harare Residents Trust and other councilors will be in the studio to help unpack the issue.

2pm-3pm
In AROUND HARARE, YEUKAI will focus on 'final letters of demand' being issued to residents who are failing to settle their bills in the capital city.

3 - 4pm
Glen View Ward 32 councilor Tungamirai Madzokere will be our guest in MEET YOUR COUNCILLOR and will speak to YEUKAI about the state of service delivery in his ward.

In DIASPORA VOICES at 3:30pm TINOTENDA MUNYUKWI will be focusing on whether Zimbabweans in the diaspora should contribute to the country's economic development initiatives. He will speak to economist Vincent Museve and ordinary Zimbabweans over this issue.

4pm
REPEAT NEWS

4:20pm -5pm

YEUKAI will then close the day's programming with the live - phone-in ZVIRIMUGAPU programme speaking to listeners on whether it is proper for parents to stay and live in a single room. Is it acceptable and why does this happen?

You can phone us live on +263 4 782199 or Whatsapp +263 771 611761I

 
Municipal police runs over baby

A vendor today lost her four month year old baby after a Masvingo municipal police driver ran over and killed the baby at Mucheke bus terminus this morning resulting in angry residents burning a council vehicle.

A commuter omnibus which was parked at the terminus was also reduced to ashes during the fracas

Eyes witnesses told Wezhira Community Radio that the mother had left the baby lying near her wares on the side of the road wrapped in blankets as she was running away from council police.

The municipal officer then drove into the baby and goods which included vegetables

The council driver only identified as Mutero was beaten by the residents and ran for dear life leaving the vehicle at the mercy of the mob.

Riot police had to be called in after a municipal fire brigade truck was stoned by an angry crowd that gathered within minutes of the incident..

Mayor Hubert Fidze apologized and urged residents not to take the law into their own hands ‘what a black day for our city, l would like to apologise on behalf of the council on this unfortunate incident .We shall strive to work hard to prevent such anomalies. I however urge our residents to be calm and not to take the law into their own hands. I’m pained to witness the loss of an innocent baby.”

 
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