MOM TAKES BACK MARRIED 14-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER
THE Rusape 14-year-old girl who was forced into marriage by her grandparents has been reunited with her divorced mother after 12 years.
Her mother learnt of the developments after reading H-Metro and immediately went looking for her.
They separated when the parents broke up and the father assumed custody while the mother went away while she was barely two years old.
Narrating her visit to
Tandi Village in Rusape, the woman thanked H-Metro for exposing the child marriage.
“I was touched to read that my daughter had been abused to the extent of being forced into marriage,” she said.
“The H-Metro story was clear and took me where my daughter was, I confronted Tapiwa and his parents, John Chitsumba and Spiwe Kubocha.
“I discovered that my daughter was forced into marrying Tapiwa, who was in another relationship with a girl he and his parents wanted him to marry.
“I was forced to leave my daughter while she was one year three months old when I separated with her father. “To this day my daughter has no birth certificate and her father is not forthcoming in terms of facilitating the acquisition.
“We signed a document with the in-laws as evidence that I took my daughter from them to avoid possible future claims that I stole or kidnapped her.
“The grandparents learnt about my actions but wanted to protect their relationship with Tapiwa’s family arguing that if he got arrested it would affect them.
“As we speak Tapiwa has not been taken in by police for questioning over marrying an under-age girl,” said the mother.
In an interview, the minor’s grandmother Gogo Rebecca said Tapiwa pledged to pay lobola and educate the girl until she is eligible for marriage.
“The girl was taken to Mutare by her mother and I was not there,” said Gogo Rebecca. “Tapiwa told us that he still loves his wife and will meet her education expenses while in the custody of the mother.
“Asi tsvakirai kuno haasati abvisa zvake,” she said.
Tapiwa’s mobile calls went unanswered.
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