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Inquiry into death of Anna Machaya(14) ready for publication, says Gender Commission

By Peter Chivhima
THE probe into the child sexual exploitation case of 14-year-old Anna Machaya who died during childbirth at a shrine in Marange last year is now complete and ready for publication, the Zimbabwe Gender Commission has said.

Machaya’s death made headlines in 2021 prompting the inquiry into the child’s sexual exploitation which led to her demise.

This Tuesday, the Zimbabwe Gender Commission chief executive officer, Mrs Virginia Muwanigwa revealed that investigations are now complete and the report has been tabled before Parliament and ready for publication.

“We have been carrying inquiries following the alleged child sexual exploitation of Anna Machaya who died while giving birth at a shrine in Marange,” she said.

“The probe has ended and we have since submitted the report to Parliament and waiting for publication.”

The man suspected of the heinous crime which led to the death of the young girl is believed to be on the run, he initially appeared in court and was granted bail.

The infant left behind by Anna reportedly died a year after the teenage mother’s death.

Cases of child sexual exploitation have been on the rise with a nine-year-old girl from Tsholotsho being closely monitored by health experts after giving birth via cesarean section earlier this week.

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