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Mnangagwa demands courts to speed up trial of child gruesome murder

by Staff reporter
27 Sep 2020 at 07:13hrs | Views
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has condemned the brutal killing of young children for ritual purposes in the wake of the death of a sevenyearold Murewa boy, whose mutilated body was found while being feasted on by dogs recently.

Mnangagwa made the statement last Friday while addressing the junior cabinet virtual meeting.

Police in Murewa have arrested one of the three murder suspects who allegedly, in a gruesome act, killed Tapiwa Makore, a sevenyearold boy from Makore Village under Chief Mangwende.

Tapiwa Makore disappeared after his mother sent him to guard their vegetable garden and his body parts were later found the following day.

The suspect has been identified as Tafadzwa Shumba (40), a cattle herder in the area while two other suspects are still at large.

At the junior cabinet meeting, the president directed officials in judiciary delivery system officers to speed up investigations and wrapup the case with an emergency.

"My government is gravely concerned with the threats to the wellbeing of children and youths emanating from various forms of abuse," said Mnangagwa.

"We continue to take several measures to give effect to our commitments to end violence against children. I am disturbed by the loss of life of young children as a result of heinous and evil actions for rituals and witchcraft purposes. These coldhearted acts of murder have no place in our country.

"The stakeholders in our criminal justice system must speedily and strongly deal with the perpetrators so that this evil trend is expunged from our society."

Meanwhile, Mnangagwa told the junior cabinet ministers the government had put in place all the necessary measures to ensure learners return prepared to school Monday in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic.

"The government has put in place concrete interventions through the ministries of Primary Education and Higher and Tertiary Education to ensure that learners return to safe and hygienic schools or college environments," he said.

Source - newzimbabwe