VP Mo­hadi slams GBV, early child mar­riages

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - In­no­cent Ruwende and Vic­tor Maphosa

COM­MU­NI­TIES which tol­er­ate and ac­cept gen­der based vi­o­lence and early child mar­riages can­not achieve mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment, Vice Pres­i­dent Kembo Mo­hadi has said.

Of­fi­cially launch­ing the In­ter­na­tional Day of Fam­i­lies at Maramba Pri­mary School in Maramba Pfungwe yes­ter­day, VP Mo­hadi said the two scourges should be con­demned in the strongest pos­si­ble terms with per­pe­tra­tors be­ing pros­e­cuted and ac­corded ap­pro­pri­ate jus­tice.

“I there­fore call on our tra­di­tional lead­ers, church lead­ers and com­mu­nity lead­ers to unite in fight­ing th­ese dev­as­tat­ing scourges, “he said.

“In the same vein I urge all of our fam­i­lies to in­sti­tute mea­sures such as hav­ing an in­her­i­tance plan to bridge the in­ter­gen­er­a­tional gap that ex­ists be­tween our youth and our cit­i­zens. Our coun­try needs to also take ad­van­tage of the youth bulge and har­ness the ben­e­fits that come from hav­ing the youths ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in our de­vel­op­ment dis­course.”

He said the youths should tap into ex­ist­ing indige­nous knowl­edge sys­tems which are passed from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion to en­sure that they are equipped enough to carry the coun­try’s legacy for­ward.

VP Mo­hadi said for Zim­babwe to achieve all its na­tional as­pi­ra­tions and de­vel­op­men­tal goals, there is need to de­sign, im­ple­ment and mon­i­tor more fam­ily-ori­ented poli­cies and pro­grammes which are es­sen­tial for the achieve­ment of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.

“Our na­tion has be­come a bea­con of hope for many coun­tries who wit­nessed our po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion. The unique meta­mor­pho­sis demon­strated our love for one an­other as we stood side by side as one fam­ily,” he said.

“We evolved with a shared vi­sion for our na­tion and this res­onates well with this day we are cel­e­brat­ing un­der theme, ‘Fam­i­lies and In­clu­sive So­ci­eties’”.

Speak­ing at the same event, Women Af­fairs, Gen­der and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Sithem­biso Ny­oni said the event was ded­i­cated to recog­nis­ing the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion made by fam­i­lies to na­tional sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment.

“My min­istry is man­dated to co­or­di­nate and im­ple­ment pro­grammes which pro­mote women em­pow­er­ment, gen­der equal­ity and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and in the ab­sence of a com­pact fam­ily unit my task as min­is­ter would be dif­fi­cult to ac­com­plish.”

She said the event comes at an op­por­tune time when Zim­babwe was un­der threat from cul­tural di­ver­sion where harm­ful for­eign prac­tices are desta­bil­is­ing the very essence of the fam­ily unit.

“The ob­jec­tives of to­day’s com­mem­o­ra­tions are to raise aware­ness on the role of fam­i­lies in en­sur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion, to pro­mote aware­ness on is­sues re­lat­ing to fam­i­lies, to high­light chal­lenges which Zim­bab­wean fam­i­lies are fac­ing and how th­ese chal­lenges can be re­solved and to sen­si­tise the pub­lic on the piv­otal role played by fam­i­lies in so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,” she said

Deputy Speaker of Par­lia­ment Ma­bel Chi­nomona, Zanu-PF Mashona­land East chair­per­son Joel Big­gie Ma­tiza, Polit­buro mem­ber Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi and other se­nior party and Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials at­tended the event.

Min­is­ter Ny­oni

VP Mo­hadi

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