We woke up to read of the news that a 13 year old has consented to sex. For this offence, the male “offender” (he’s an offender because the law states that you can not have sexual relations with a person under the age of 16) was slapped with a 10 month jail term. It was not considered as the more serious crime of rape because the girl agreed to having sex with the 30 year married man.
Now let that sink in…
This after, Johannes Tomana said:
“We’ve nine-year-olds, 12-year-olds, 13-year-olds who’re actually not in school, who’re not doing anything for example. What are we saying to them? We say you can’t even do this [get married], when the environment is not giving them alternative engagements? What are we talking about?”
First Lady, Grace Mugabe said:
“We don’t want people who get carried away while at work. If you don’t know what to say, just shut up, go home and drink tea with bread in silence. If you see someone saying that [a 12-year-old can consent to sex], he’s a pervert. He’s the one in the business of abusing children because a rational person, someone who’s in charge of his mental faculties would never say that. We’ll kick you out. After all this, someone says one can sleep with a 12-year-old. That is foolish! We don’t want that. We want to raise our children in a normal way and they should go to school.“
President Robert Mugabe added:
“That’s what they say. Ane mazamu zvino akugona kuchata, aiwa haasati akura (She has breasts now she can marry, no, she has not yet grown). Ehe, and the boys and senior men start engaging with the girls at (that) age. It is clear that we must do more to ensure that our society allows young women to grow and reach their fullest potential“
Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa shared his thoughts:
“The Government deplores early marriages, it deplores teenage pregnancies. The government has and continues to frown upon such practices. The business of children is in school, not in houses as house wives or teen husbands. Children must go to school, they must finish their secondary education and go to universities or vocational colleges and then think of starting families after that.“
What are your thoughts on the issue? If she is not old enough to vote (18 years) or to drive (16 years), is she old enough to agree to having sex?
(Man Featured Image Via: Zambia Daily Mail)