The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Welfare is reportedly pushing for the age of sexual consent to be reduced to 12 years.
Currently, the age of consent is 16 years, which is considered too low by social conservatives.
The issue of reducing the age of sexual consent was confirmed by the Assistant Clerk of Parliament Johane Gandiwa who said that the issue of reducing the age of sexual consent to 12 years was actually discussed by the Health and Child Welfare committee last week during a workshop.
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In reaction to those sentiments, a lawyer and former MDC legislator and MP for Harare West Jessie Majome said:
I remember how we fought so hard in the 8th Parliament with Innocent Gonese and Priscilla Misihairabwi in the Committee stage of the Criminal Codification Reform Amendment Bill to raise the consent age from 14 to 18 and got 16, now it can just blow away in 2 fell swoops!
…During the debate I advocated for a referendum on the age of consent as a way of resolving that critical national issue and pleaded that for once we hold a referendum on something that actually touches our lives in a direct way, not just politics.
Fungayi Jessie Majome is a Zimbabwean lawyer, politician and commissioner of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission after being appointed in 2019. She is a former senior MDC member. She left the party in the run up to the 2018 elections after she accused the leadership of... Read More About Jessie Majome
Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga is a Zimbabwean politician and Proportional Representation legislator for Matabeleland South. She is also a human rights activist and an ardent feminist.Lands, She is the current Parliamentary Portfolio Committee Chairwoman on Women and Youth Affairs. Read More About Priscilla Misihairabwi
Innocent Gonese is a Zimbabwean politician who is part of the MDC-Alliance party. He was elected into parliament in July 2013 to represent Mutare Central Constituency. He was reelected in the 2018 elections. Read More About Innocent Gonese