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Male MPs are abusing young girls at universities

By Staff Reporter

Proportional Representation legislator Lynette Karenyi says some of the male legislators in Parliament are guilty of abusing young girls especially those in institutions of higher learning.

Most students in universities who fail to secure residence at their institutions of learning end up looking for accommodation elsewhere which is often expensive and beyond their reach.

The expensive accommodation leaves the girls vulnerable to abuse by men including legislators.

Honourable Karenyi said the situation can only be solved if Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube avails more funding to construct additional accommodation.

“I am calling upon the Minister to put more money in constructing accommodation for the students and these youngsters especially the girls who are exposed to sugar daddies.

“I am not ashamed to even say some of the sugar daddies are fellow Members of Parliament. They go to these areas and prey on the young girls and these young girls call these sugar daddies blessers,” she said.

Honourable Karenyi added that “the child thinks they are having a good life because they can afford food and all other luxuries which are needed for youngsters.

“Minister, please put more money in the accommodation of these students so that we ease the problem of our youngsters,” she said.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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