Zimbabwe’s newly appointed Women’s Affairs Minister, Nyasha Chikwinya’s decision to refuse to read a prepared speech while officiating at an event in Harare backfired after saying child rapists can have women from her office.
Nyasha Chikwinya was speaking at a reception for the visiting United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) director Kate Gilmore.
“I’m not going to read this prepared speech for many reasons,” Chikwinya told guests who included representatives of local UN agencies and civil servants.
She did not explain the reasons but jokingly continued: “All men who are abusing and raping young girls please come to my Ministry.”
“There are a lot of women there, I have seen that; ndokupai (I will give them to you),” she added to laughter from the guests, newzimbabwe , reported.
More seriously however, Chikwinya vowed to unleash the full wrath of the law on rapists.
She said government would introduce new programmes to fight girl child abuse throughout the country, adding she had the support of the highest office in the land.
“I have talked to President Robert Mugabe and is he going to give me a helicopter that will fly across the country dropping pamphlets with different messages fighting child abuse.”
In Tekere’s book A Lifetime of Struggle, it is revealed that heavily pregnant Nyasha Chikwinya was sent packing by partner Dzingai Mutumbuka who claimed that the child was Edgar Tekere’s.