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ONE has to be depraved to think that children under 16 can consent to sex, information minister Jonathan Moyo has said.

Moyo’s remarks come after prosecutor general Johannes Tomana suggested that 12-year-olds should be listened to if they want to get married, adding they could also consent to sex.

Tomana also sparked widespread outrage by opining that marriage at the age of 12 could be an option for struggling children forced to drop out of school and facing dire future prospects.

“Of particular concern are widespread reports that even children as young as 12 years or even as nine can be in economic or cultural, or whatever, circumstances where they can consent to sex,” said Moyo Saturday.

“These developments must ring alarm bells in the tourism sector. There’s a clear and present danger that some depraved and corrupt elements in our midst can exploit the situation to create or promote a child sex industry in the country.”

Moyo was speaking in Harare at an awards event which was part of the ongoing SanganaiHlanganani World Tourism Expo.

He said laws need be strengthened to protect children from sex predators.

“The view that a child under the age of 16 can consent to any sexual act under any circumstances is totally unacceptable as it is offensive to our moral sensibilities,” said the minister.

“It is also outrageous for anyone to suggest that there can be extenuating or mitigating circumstances that provide for an excuse for child sex.

“If the law is not clear on child sex, then there’s an urgent need for it to be clarified and amended where necessary to provide that a child under the age of 16 years cannot consent to any sexual act whatsoever.”

Tomana has denied condoning or encouraging child sexual abuse or child marriages.

He said his remarks were twisted and suggesting that some political forces controlling the state media were trying to get him out of office.

“There is a clique that has been working tirelessly and now they thought that they should scandalise me and force me to quit,” Tomana told NewZimbabwe.com last week.

“I am not that easy and they must forget about that.

“I serve at the pleasure of the President. This is a political war manifesting itself in this unfortunate situation where people go the extent of twisting facts to fit in their agendas.”

Source : New Zimbabwe