Stop child sexual abuse

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF government must immediately spring into action and put in place measures to curtail widespread abuse of the girl-child.

With shocking statistics that over 4 000 cases of child abuse are reported every year, this is when a responsible government must intervene. This is why governments are elected by the people.

This is a scandal which must be immediately stopped because the girl-child remains exposed and vulnerable to abuse by predators.

Government must fully investigate every reported case of abuse of the girl-child so that the children feel safe in their own country.

What is even scary is that we live in a society where people primitively believe in juju and where traditional healers lie to people that they can get cured of HIV/Aids if they sleep with toddlers.

We live in a society which believes that for one to make it in business, he has to rape a young girl.

This is utter rubbish and authorities must start with these bogus traditional healers for the nation to effectively put an end to this satanic behaviour of raping children.

It was touching to see over 500 children marching through the streets of Harare on Friday protesting against child abuse.

The children waved placards reading, “No bail for child rapists”, “Stop raping babies” and “Stop child abuse.”

And we totally agree.

Oppah Muchinguri, who as minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development was presented with a petition calling on the government to support children in the fight against abuse and protection of their rights should push the issue further.

She must confront the ministers of Justice and Home Affairs to ensure that they work together to stop this madness.

According to statistics revealed at the launch of the national campaign against rape and sexual abuse of children on Friday, in 2012 alone, 5 783 child abuse cases were reported with 2 918 being of a sexual nature. 

It is against this background that we call upon the President to even set up a Cabinet committee to probe sexual assaults on children. All cases of sexual abuse must be probed without fear or favour.

There are hundreds of children who are suffering in silence having been raped by relatives.

We cannot allow situations where older people take advantage of the vulnerability of children to sexually abuse them. Parliament must also lead the way in putting a stop to child abuse.

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