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Justice Minister Ziyambi Summoned To Parliament Over Bill On Sexual Consent

Parliament has summoned Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi, to present a Bill that criminalises having sex with minors under the age of 18.

This follows the Constitutional Court’s recent landmark ruling increasing the age of sexual consent from 16 to 18.

According to the ruling, Ziyambi has up to a year to enact a law that protects children from sexual exploitation in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

NewsDay’s Harriet Chikwanda reports that on Thursday, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya moved a motion to have Ziyambi summoned to Parliament. He said:

I, therefore, call upon the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to come to Parliament with a Bill that actualises the provisions but criminalises the involvement of sexual activities for children under the age of 18 years so that at least we make it a reality for us to protect these children who are below the age of 18.

CCC vice president, Tendai Biti echoed Chikwinya’s remarks saying the minister and the government were obliged to come up with a comprehensive Bill protecting children, from sex, child marriage, pornography and cyberbullying as well as any other harmful things.

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