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SHOCKING:Grade 7 pupil Elopes To boyfriend

FOLLOWING misunderstanding with her mother over a cellphone, a Grade Seven pupil at a Mutare school decided to take what she thought was the easy way out when she eloped to her boyfriend’s place.
The girl fled their home after her mother had cautioned her over her unbecoming behaviour.

She told the court that she had decided to cohabit with her boyfriend to escape the constant reprimanding by her mother, which she described as a thorn in the flesh.

Shocked by her daughter’s move, the mother said she was lost for words.

She could not understand what had come over the child to make her think life with her boyfriend was better.

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However, the development has landed the man involved with the girl in soup.

Obey Munyuki (25) was sentenced to an effective 14 months in prison for sleeping with a minor as defined in Section 70 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9.23.

Mutare magistrate, Ms Prisca Manhibi presided over the matter, while Ms Tafadzwa Chiwanza prosecuted.

The court heard that sometime in September, Munyika proposed love to the complainant and she accepted.

“On September 12, the girl left home on the pretext that she was going to church, but went to Munyika’s place instead.

“The two started staying together as husband and wife, becoming intimate on several occasions,” said Ms Chiwanza.

After two weeks, Munyuki sent the girl to his rural home in Chihota where she stayed for one week before coming back.

On October 6, the girl’s mother, who had been interrogating Munyuki about the whereabouts of her daughter, reported the matter to the police.

Munyuki was subsequently arrested. -Manica Post

IN OTHER NEWS:‘The worst is over, Zimbabwe’s economy on the rebound’

The economy is on a robust growth and development trajectory, with major sectors performing above projected levels despite the existence of a number of problems affecting the economic activity, Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube said yesterday.
Giving a presentation on Towards Vision 2030: Zimbabwe’s Current Economic Policy to students of the national defense course at Zimbabwe National Defence University yesterday, Minister Ncube said since the adoption of the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) early this year, the economy had been on a positive path.

“The economy is on a positive growth trajectory as the implementation of the NDS1 started in earnest in January 2021,” he said.

“The strong external sector performance, coupled with a healthy fiscal position, as well as the relatively stable exchange rate and inflation, are evidence of the existence of strong macroeconomic fundamentals.

“The economy is on a growth trajectory with GDP projected to grow by 7,8 percent in 2021, attributed to favourable rainfall season, higher international mineral commodity prices and stable macroeconomic environment.

“We are also witnessing strong performance in the external sector driven by exports and remittances.”

Minister Ncube said the country exported goods worth US$2,2 billion during the first half of 2021 compared to US$1,9 billion exported last year.

He said the availability of the foreign currency through the auction system, notwithstanding the existing backlog, which the authorities are working flat-out to clear had bolstered economic activity in the country.

Government through its arms was working flat out to eliminate the recent distortions in the inflation and exchange rates.

“However, the exchange rate and inflation had become volatile recently,” said Minister Ncube.

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