Mnangagwa piles pressure on Tomana

GWERU - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday scoffed at sentiments made  by Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana that 12-year-old girls can have sex and get married, saying children needed to mature first before entering into relationships.

In an apparent attack on Tomana’s sentiments, Mnangagwa who was speaking during the official opening of the Global Action week on education here said government treats such practices with disdain.

“Government continues to frown at such practices,” he said adding that children needed to be educated before embarking on marriage.

“The business of children is in school not in marriage. Girls should not rush into marriage,” Mnangagwa who is also Justice minister said.

Tomana brewed a storm when he seemed to defend sexual offenders as long as they  prove that they consented to sex with the minors in the court of law. He said that girls should be allowed to marry early since sending their abusers to jail would “ruin” their lives.

His statement comes as child rights activists and members of the House of Assembly have called upon government to protect children.

The age of consent according to the Constitution is 16, but Tomana’s liberal views on marriage have alarmed child rights activists who say children need to be protected.

The Global Action Week was held in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2030 which call upon all countries to provide quality education. Education has been set as a human right in the comprehensive bill of rights.

“I urge all parents to prioritise children’s education and focus on developing our children for a brighter future,” said Mnangagwa.

Comments (11)

Tomana is a national disaster.

machakachaka - 22 June 2015

Tomana is a national disaster indeed AND SO IS EVERYONE IN ZANU PF.

Referee - 22 June 2015

these ZANOIDS are a disgrace

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 22 June 2015

We know that if you educate a girl, as the saying goes, you educate a nation. That girl will get married later, she will have fewer children, she's more likely to earn an income, and that income is more likely to be plowed back into the family so that the family benefits. This all what we want for our children and not what Tomana is saying.

Chemical Solution - 22 June 2015

One want to look at the service of Tomana and ask yourself aas to what he has achieved other than may be getting a farm and security guards . I try to follow up his attempts on prosecution on behalf of Government and he he achieved 0%.Its a shame to have some one like that i8n such a position and let alone make such comments like he wasmitting after consuming too much alcohol.

Brian Chikwati - 22 June 2015

Tomana has lost any professional dignity. Given the backlash on his sentiments , he should have considered resigning. Unfortunately he seems not intelligent enough to see the damage on himself and the office he represents.

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 22 June 2015

Is this man called Tomama or Tomana. He must resign with immediate effect. He has put all our young girls at risk. I think Tomama is a paedophile. The whole country was shocked by his statements

James Bako - 22 June 2015

Tomana anomama kutaura. He can't prosecute anyone. Cde Tomama resign, you are a heap of rubbish. You belong to the skip

Charles Gore - 22 June 2015

Remember the Kereke case, still pending because he is hiding the papers

murapa - 22 June 2015

Anyone who thinks Zanu PF has done something good is still in the wilderness

Bull Ant - 23 June 2015

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