Crime and Courts

Anna Machaya’s parents spared jail for misleading police over her age

Anna Machaya’s parents spared jail for misleading police over her age. Edmore Machaya, 45, and his wife Shy Mabika, 36, were jailed for nine months each after being convicted on charges of defeating or obstructing the course of justice by Kwekwe magistrate Samukelisiwe Gumbo.

A couple who married off their 14-year-old daughter before she died during child birth have been spared prison. During sentencing on Wednesday, the magistrate conditionally suspended the prison sentence. One month was chopped off for good behaviour, three were scrapped on condition they don’t reoffend within five years and Gumbo imposed Z$60,000 fines in lieu of the remaining five months.

Anna Machaya died on July 16 last year from excessive bleeding, hours after she gave birth at a shrine of the Johane Marange apostolic sect near Mutare.

When police opened an inquiry, her parents lied that her name was Memory Machaya. They also claimed she was born on January 2, 1999, which would have made her 22 when she died.

Police exposed the lie after going to Wanganui High School where a copy of the dead girl’s birth certificate was obtained. It showed that her name was Anna Machaya and she was born on July 5, 2006.

She had been forced to drop out of school whilst doing Form 2 after falling pregnant.

Her parents, the Kwekwe Magistrate’s Court heard, had married her off to Hatirarami Momberume alias Evans Michael Momberume, a 25-year-old devotee of the Johane Marange apostolic sect which is headquartered at a shrine in Mafararikwa village under Chief Marange. Child marriages are rampant in the sect.

Momberume has been charged with murder.

Source – Zimlive

In other news – Man fined for impregnating his underage daughter

Man fined for impregnating his underage daughter. Chief Marange yesterday and told NewsDay that the man could be jailed for incest. “Yes, we fined him two beasts, but he is yet to hand over the beasts.


A Marange man recently appeared before a traditional court charged with incest after he sexually abused and impregnated his underage daughter. Chief Bernard Marange ordered him to pay two beasts…Learn More.

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