Woman dumps 2 kids

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

AN ES­TRANGED woman who came to Bu­l­awayo from Masvingo in search of her hus­band dumped her two chil­dren in an al­ley in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict last week af­ter he re­fused to co­op­er­ate on their up­keep.

The chil­dren, one aged four and the other one five months, were found by a se­cu­rity guard who was on duty.

Von­gai Ma­saire (33) left the sib­lings in an al­ley at Ja­son Moyo and 10th Av­enue.

Ma­saire told a Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate that she dumped her chil­dren out of anger be­cause her hus­band was not help­ing her to look af­ter them.

“I’m sick so I can’t breast­feed my baby. The child needs for­mula milk and my hus­band is not help­ing. I came here look­ing for him but he didn’t co­op­er­ate. I’m sorry for my ac­tions. I aban­doned my chil­dren out of anger, I wasn’t think­ing straight at that mo­ment,” said Ma­saire.

Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Miss Eve­lyn Mashavakure sen­tenced Ma­saire to a wholly sus­pended four months im­pris­on­ment.

“This sen­tence will be sus­pended on con­di­tion that for the next five years you don’t re­peat a sim­i­lar of­fence or any in­volv­ing abuse of chil­dren. What you did is to­tally un­ac­cept­able es­pe­cially when this court con­sid­ers the ages of your chil­dren and the time that you left your chil­dren unat­tended. How­ever it will con­sider that you are a sin­gle par­ent and a first of­fender,” said Miss Mashavakure.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Nkat­hazo Dlodlo said Ma­saire’s chil­dren were found by a se­cu­rity guard Mr Her­bert Ga­pare who took care of them.

“Ac­cused per­son went into an al­ley with her two chil­dren. She came back with­out them and asked Mr Ga­pare for di­rec­tions. She went back to the al­ley then left again with­out her chil­dren,” said Mr Dlodlo.

“Mr Ga­pare heard the older child call­ing af­ter her mother. He emerged car­ry­ing the younger child. He took the chil­dren to where he was work­ing. Mr Ga­pare tried to run af­ter the ac­cused but she was nowhere to be seen. He re­alised that the chil­dren had been dumped. He later re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.”-@tan­nytkay

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