A woman from Mberengwa whose 16-year-old daughter got pre_gnant with a married man aged 19 has blamed the long Covid-19 lockdown for the pre_gnancy.

Cecelia Makane told The Mirror that her daughter is in Form 3 but she is now three months pre_gnant. She said that had there been no lockdown, her daughter would have been in school for lessons at the time that she got pre_gnant.

Makane (34) appeared in court last week after she assaulted a woman who had beaten her daughter for getting pre_gnant with married Witness Gwereva. The complainant, Modester Mashiri (20) is a relative of the wife of the man who impre_gnated her daughter.

Makane appeared before Mberengwa magistrate Evia Matura facing assault charges and was sentenced to seven months;three months were suspended for five years on condition she will not commit a similar offence. Four months were suspended on condition she completes 140hours community service at Wanezi Clinic.

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The State said on August 24, 2020 at Village 2, Chief Bvute, Makane attacked Mashiri at around 6pm and the matter was reported to the Police leading to the arrest of the accused.

Makane said she committed the offence because Mashiri had harassed and fought her daughter for getting pre_gnant with her relative’s husband. She apologised for reacting angrily and said she did so because Mashiri was older than her daughter.

“My daughter was supposed to be in school at Murezu Secondary. I am deeply hurt as a mother to tell you that she is three months pre_gnant with an unemployed 19-year-old married man.”

She said the pre_gnancy of the minor was not reported to Police because Gwereva pleaded with Chief Bvute that he will marry my daughter as a second wife.

“He pleaded with the chief to have the matter resolved out of court and the chief accepted.

“On August 22, 2020 I saw my daughter coming home crying. She told me that Mashiri, a relative of Gwereva’s wife had insulted and harassed her telling her to leave her relative’s husband and go back to school.

“Because of this we have gone back to the chief again and Gwereva has been summoned,” said Makane.

Hilder Chitemerere prosecuted. Masvingo Mirror

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