Abducted Chimanimani girls returned, one still missing

HARARE -Two of the three girls abducted in Chimanimani were returned to a local police station on June 29, by an unidentified person.

Hazel and Tatenda Marirwana are reported to have been released to the police while the whereabouts of Tilda Mutisi, their cousin, is still unknown.

In a telephone interview with the Daily News, the girls’ mother, Mai Marirwana said she was called by an unknown man saying her daughters had been handed over at the local police station.

Marirwana said she was still confused as to where the daughters were and how they came to be at Chimanimani Police Station.

“They kept telling me to go and collect my girls but the police had not yet contacted me.”

The mother said the man also told her if she did not hasten to collect the girls, they would be dumped by a roadblock near Machongwe Business Centre.

“When the police eventually came through, they just told me to come and fetch the girls but I refused,” she said.

The mother of the two said she was confused because despite being told that her daughters and niece were in police custody, a relative of hers informed her that one of the missing girls was seen in Dangamvura with a police officer.

Marirwana insisted she would not take the girls until they were taken to a medical facility for medical check-ups as she feared they could have been sexually abused.

When the girls went missing, Marirwana claimed that they had been abducted by a local businessman (name withheld) who was hiding them to conceal the sexual abuse.

Last week, Grace Chirenje of the Zimbabwe Young Women’s Network for Peace Building, said the conspiracy of silence surrounding the girls was a microcosm of women rights violations such as rape that go either unreported or under-reported.

Comments (7)

Vanhu veZANU chete! Who elese can be so ruthess, with the police aiding and protecting them in their shenanigans?

Tongogara - 2 July 2014

We have been hearing of Boko Haram abduction and felt safe in the mistaken belief that it can only happen in Nigeria. Now its here. I would say if there is no one willing to give us the full details of the goings on behind this, please Helen Kadirire, assist by getting to the bottom of this one!!!

melody saineti - 2 July 2014

Chimanimani what has come of you my beautiful home area?

prayer sithole - 3 July 2014

Dai ndine masimba ndaikumbira zvangu vakuru venyika vaise camp yemasoja kumusha kwangu uko vabatsirane nePolice

prayer sithole - 3 July 2014

Dai ndine masimba ndaikumbira zvangu vakuru venyika vaise camp yemasoja kumusha kwangu uko vabatsirane nePolice

prayer sithole - 3 July 2014

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