Latest News Editor's Choice

News / National

'Take them to the gallows, cut their heads off,' says Grace Mugabe

by Staff Reporter
14 Jun 2014 at 22:40hrs | Views
The First Lady Grace Mugabe has implored government to impose stiffer penalties on rapists even the death sentence as a solution to the vice that emotionally and psychologically traumatises many victims.

Mugabe said she thinks that such criminals should be immediately sent to the gallows and their heads cut off.

According to the First Lady there shouldn't be a moment for thought because there is no place in society for such people.

Mugabe made the remarks at the 2014 edition of the World Blood Donor Day commemorations held in Chinhoyi, Mashonaland West province on Saturday.

Stakeholders in the health sector, cooperating partners, Zanu PF Mashonaland West leadership, cabinet ministers, blood donors and recipients, National Blood Services Zimbabwe (NBSZ) brand ambassadors and school children among others, converged at the Chinhoyi University of Technology for celebrations to mark World Blood Donor Day, and to thank blood donors who voluntarily donate the precious liquid as well as to celebrate the NBSZ silver jubilee.

Guest of honour Mugabe said while some men are doing a sterling job of donating blood, there are some irresponsible men who are raping and devastating lives and aspirations of many children.

She cited the case of a five year old girl from Gweru who was raped resulting in her uterus rupturing.

She called on government to impose deterrent penalties on rapists.

The commemorations were held under the theme: ‘Safe Blood for Saving Mothers' and Mugabe said the theme is very appropriate as mothers are the backbone of the family unit and their contribution in society is immeasurable.

Mugabe also called on the Ministry of Health and Child Care to look into the prices of blood and ensure that the poor in society are not disadvantaged when they get into circumstances that require them to have blood transfusion.

She also commended the youths who contribute 70 percent of blood donations saying their contribution has helped to save many lives.

Five blood donors who have reached milestone donations ranging from 100 donations to 200 donations were also presented with awards at the ceremony.

Two schools, Vimbai High of Norton and Tekwane High of Plumtree also walked away with various prices from Net-One for coming out tops in the Easy Call Schools Competition.

Mugabe was later presented with toys and diapers for the Grace Mugabe Foundation in recognition of the work that she is doing in society.    

Source - zbc