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Zimbabwe: Girl Child of 13 years dies giving birth

12.04.2024 | by Staff reporter

A 13-year-old dies at a shrine during labor

A Domboshava man who married a 13-year-old girl who died at an apostolic church shrine while in labor has appeared in court. Raymond Guhwa (41) allegedly took his wife who was in labor to an unregistered Johane Marange Apostolic Shrine to be assured by a midwife.

They arrived around 9 am and met Dorcas Kajanda at Chidyahusiku Village under Chief Chinamhora but the child-bride faced complications and Kajanda told Guhwa that she could not help his wife deliver the baby. The court heard, that Guhwa then hired a pirate taxi and took his wife to the Chitungwiza Apostolic Sect Shrine where the wife died without accessing proper medical care. Guhwa appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Stanford Ndirowei charged with culpable homicide. He was remanded in custody on February 9 for bail application. Mr Anesu Chirenje appeared for the State.

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