President Emmerson Mnangagwa has expressed concern over the recent reports of the gruesome murder of children in the country.
Ongoing investigations have also suggested that many cases of children murder could be going unreported after the head of a different boy was discovered during the process.
While addressing junior cabinet in a virtual meeting in Harare, President Mnangagwa urged stakeholders to quicken investigations to bring perpetrators to book. He said:
My government is gravely concerned with the threats to the well-being of children and youths emanating from various forms of abuse. We continue to take several measures to give effect to commitments to end violence against children. I am disturbed by the loss of life by young children as a result of heinous and evil actions for rituals and witchcraft purposes. These cold-hearted acts of murderers have no place in our country. The stakeholders in our criminal justice system must speedily and strongly deal with perpetrators so that this evil trend is expunged from our society.
During the address, the president also said that the government had “put in place concrete interventions” through the ministries of primary and secondary education and also, higher and tertiary education innovation science and technology development to ensure that learners return to safe and hygienic schools or college environments.
This is however contrary to reports by teachers’ representative organisations who claim that schools are not prepared for reopening soon.
Schools are scheduled to reopen on the 28th of this month after they were prematurely closed in March following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
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