Yvonne Chaka Chaka in Harare

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South African music icon Yvonne Chaka Chaka is in Zimbabwe for the commemoration of the Day of the African Child tomorrow.
Chaka Chaka arrived yesterday and is scheduled to visit vulnerable groups and communities including the Family Support Trust at Harare Hospital. She will also visit Murehwa Centre to promote malaria prevention awareness activities.
She is expected to attend the opening of the junior parliament in Harare.
Zimbabwe has in place legal instruments and policy frameworks to safeguard children’s rights and the establishment of a children’s parliament is in line with the realisation that children are above politics in the country.
Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday said that President Robert Mugabe’s ratification of the African Youth Charter last year presented the country with an opportunity to examine progress towards health, education, equality and security for Zimbabwean children.
He was speaking at a joint media briefing with Unicef country representative Dr Peter Salama in Harare at an occasion to commemorate the Day of the African Child under the theme ‘Planning and budgeting for the well being of the child: A collective responsibility’.
“The Day of the African Child has been celebrated every year since 1991 to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre,” said Kasukuwere.
The Day of the African Child is an African Union-sanctioned calendar day in all African countries and traces its history to the incident of June 16 1976 when hundreds of black school children were massacred in Soweto, South Africa.
He said preparations for the commemoration were well on course for the event tomorrow at the Harare International Conference Centre.
He said the day had become an opportunity to examine progress towards health, education, equality and security for all African children and the implementation of the African Youth Charter that President Mugabe ratified in 2009.
In Zimbabwe the children’s parliament was established in 1991 in line with the commemoration of the Day of the African Child.
The commemoration coincides with the official opening of the 18th session of the children’s parliament.