Victim-friendly court

Locals here have successfully lobbied for the establishment of a victim-friendly court for the prosecution of cases against children.

All matters involving children such as abuse, sexual harassment and rape, have been transferred to Gweru.

In 2009 the case in which Kwekwe Central House of Assembly member, Blessing Chebundo, was accused of raping a 13-year-old failed to take place in the city as there was no victim-friendly court to allow the complainant to testify by camera. The case was finally moved to Gweru. Chebundo was acquitted of the charges.

A quarterly report by the Kwekwe District Child Protection Committee, shows that Plan International, a humanitarian aid Non-Governmental Organisation, will fund the project.

John Govera, the provincial coordinator for the National Action Plan for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children said the development was good news.

“It’s a milestone achievement,” he said, “Perpetrators of crimes against children at least will now not get away just like that”

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