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HARARE, June 23 – President Robert Mugabe has expressed shock at the rising cases of child abuse, particularly rape of minors, being reported in Zimbabwe.

Speaking while officially opening the 22nd session of the Zimbabwe Junior Parliament and celebrations to mark the Day of the African Child here over the weekend, President Mugabe said the government would intensify law enforcement to eradicate such ills against children.

“The Government is concerned about the rising incidents of child abuse ,particularly the rape of minors. Something has gone wrong with the total moral fiber of our society. The problem of child sexual abuse, child
dumping and even infanticide is rising at all levels of our society,” he said.

President Mugabe said police weekly briefings always bring disturbing sexual abuse statistics.

“The government is going to intensify the necessary social and policing interventions in order to eradicate what is turning into an epidemic,” he said.

He said orphaned children were the most vulnerable to rape and abuse as they grew up without parental guidance. “Due to a large number of adult related deaths, a number of orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe have increased and this has resulted in a phenomenal increase in the number of children growing up without adult support,” he said.

“And they have easily become victims of rape and other forms of abuse because they lack parental guidance and support.”

President Mugabe said dumping of children, early sex and pregnancies were some of the challenges that young children faced.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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