Pres­i­dent laments di­vorce rate

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Elita Chik­wati Harare Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe on Fri­day ex­pressed con­cern over the high rate of di­vorce that was de­stroy­ing many fam­i­lies.

He said in most cases, men were to blame for the break-ups.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said this while ad­dress­ing hun­dreds of women who at­tended the Women’s League Na­tional As­sem­bly meet­ing at the Zanu-PF head­quar­ters in Harare.

The meet­ing was at­tended by First Lady, Dr Grace Mu­gabe, Vice Pres­i­dents Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, Women’s League mem­bers, Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil mem­bers, Polit­buro and Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers among oth­ers.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said it was dis­turb­ing that the rate of di­vorce in the coun­try was in­creas­ing at an alarm­ing rate.

He urged cou­ples who face prob­lems to ap­proach el­ders for coun­selling other than re­sort­ing to di­vorc­ing.

“Cou­ples could have prob­lems but that is why we rec­om­mend that there should be wiser sis­ters within the fam­ily to as­sist. I sup­pose the ma­jor­ity of cases, we men are re­spon­si­ble. We marry small houses far too of­ten.

‘‘In other cases, it is just the fact of pres­tige, to say you only have one and I have two.Then you find a man boast­ing about hav­ing two wives,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said this was not only hap­pen­ing among the most ed­u­cated, but also even among the un­e­d­u­cated.

He said some women also did not care if they went into re­la­tion­ships with mar­ried men.

“The girls don’t mind get­ting mar­ried to men who are al­ready mar­ried be­cause all they want is to get mar­ried. There are many un­mar­ried girls so it is a so­cial prob­lem, a very se­ri­ous one,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said in most cases the polyg­a­mous mar­riages were also sources of con­flict as the wives and chil­dren born out of th­ese mar­riages would not want to stay to­gether.

“The women will not want to stay to­gether and as such the chil­dren will stay apart in most cases. It is in rare cases where you can get chil­dren who be­long to dif­fer­ent moth­ers work­ing to­gether, call­ing each other sis­ter or brother. It is now worse than it was in the past,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent be­moaned how fast the mar­riages were end­ing and said in some cases, the cou­ples did not even bother to le­galise the mar­riages but only stayed to­gether.

He also com­plained of the be­hav­iour of some pas­tors who took ad­van­tage of their po­si­tions to abuse young girls.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe also raised con­cern over the cor­rup­tion and nepo­tism tak­ing place in the so­ci­ety.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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