Parly seeks clarity on the death of 14-year-old Marange girl

By Bruce Chahwanda

Government says investigations into the death of a 14-year-old girl who allegedly died while giving birth at a church shrine in Marange are being hampered by lack of cooperation from the community.

This Tuesday’s parliamentary debate saw legislators including Honourable Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga raising concern over the death of Memory Machaya, who allegedly died at an apostolic church shrine in Marange while giving birth.

“I am concerned particularly some of us who have been dealing with issues of child marriages for the past two decades. We demand that the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage comes here to give a detailed statement on what is happening at the Marange apostolic sect regarding the death of Memory Machaya,” she said.

In response, the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, who is also the leader of government business in Parliament, Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi said investigations are underway though the community is not cooperating with the police.

He said: “It is wrong to think government is doing nothing as the matter is not as straight forward as the Honourable member said. Investigations are underway police were not even told where the girl was buried. It goes deep into the culture and religious beliefs of the community.”

Meanwhile, Parliament has acceded to the ratification of the African Medicines Agency Treaty meant to promote convergence and harmonisation in the regulation of medical products on the continent.

Legislator Dr Ruth Labode said: “The domestication of the Treaty is noble and we cannot isolate ourselves from the rest of the continent in bulk manufacturing of medicines.”

Deputy Speaker of National Assembly, Honourable Tsitsi Gezi weighed in: “From the floor it shows that legislators are in agreement for the ratification of the Treaty.”

The African Medical Agency will coordinate and strengthen ongoing initiatives to harmonise medical products regulation, coordinate collection, management, storage and sharing of information on all medical products with its state parties.