Six-year-old child sues parents over neglect

A SIX-YEAR-OLD Chitungwiza girl last Friday dragged her parents to court accusing them of neglect and leaving her to take care of her two younger sisters without food.

Report by Vimbai Marufu

The girl’s father, Tawanda Gumbo (30) — a commuter omnibus tout — and her mother Constance Hukuimwe (27) appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabhini, who sentenced them to four months and five months in prison, respectively, for child neglect.

Tawanda’s sentence was suspended on condition that he does 140 hours of community service, while Constance’s sentence was suspended for five years on condition that she does not commit a similar offence.

The court heard that between June and November this year, the couple, who stay in Manyame Park, always left the complainant with her two younger sisters aged four and three years without adequate food as they went to their different chores.

As a result, the complainant resorted to begging for handouts from neighbours to feed her siblings and herself.

To add to their predicament, the house had no ablution facilities, which forced the complainant and her siblings to relieve themselves in dishes and plates.
The court was told that at one time when the couple was away, the children’s blankets were accidentally destroyed by a burning candle while they were asleep.
A concerned neighbour eventually alerted police, leading to the couple’s arrest.

24 Comments

  1. ‘A SIX-YEAR-OLD Chitungwiza girl last Friday
    dragged her parents to court accusing them of neglect’ AND ‘A concerned neighbour eventually alerted police, leading to the couple’s arrest’ to me doesn’t tally.

    1. kutengesa pepa. headline has to be powerful.

  2. Zvakaoma musadaro vabereki

  3. Manje watamba neyakaoma. Mubereki mubereki. neighbour, what dd u achieve. u strained the relationship even worse. rega tione kuti what dd u get after that.

    1. thank you neighbour for taking such plausible steps, how can parents do this to their own children, why have so many when you cant take good care of them, this is cruelty to children! well done neighbour, anyone who supports such behaviour should have their head examined.

    2. Please Regaria dont tell me you support such child neglect. Those kids could have died from the fire dont tell me uri next door waingotarisa pasina zvawaiita. Kana musingagoni kuchengeta vana ava musavaite please!

    3. lets love our children please

  4. neibor anga akuvara nekusupporter mhuri yawhindi uyu akati zvirinani kusungisa mapenzi avabereki ava nd akagona bigtyme.Chasara kumonita from social services if it still exists.Tozosiira vechild network hero basaaaaaa

  5. sinyorita from Mexico

    don’t breed if u can’t able 2 support.

  6. At what point in this report does it say when the six year old dragged her parents to court? Like seriously!

  7. an idiot will remain an idiot jail term wont change the character but it hardens the person.who will look after the kids now after u jai these culprits,

    1. they are not in jail

  8. an idiot will remain an idiot jail term wont change the character but it hardens the person.who will look after the kids now after u jai these culprits, a fool impregnates another fool here

  9. pachapwanywa dzimba ndipo pamuchaona inonzi nhamo esp.kuvana vechitungwiza

  10. Baba ndi hwindi saka vaienda kundoita chihwindi, ko amai vaendawo kupi vachisiya vana?

  11. Sad. One Asante Hene of Ghana once argued that if yu want to destroy a people, target their culture, Where are the relatives? Why is this unfortunate couple nuclear? And our laws are fast becoming anti -people, tava kungokopa zvose zvouya nama NGOs as if takange tisingareri vana varungu vasati vauya!

  12. sinyorita I agree with you, ignorance is no excuse. contraception havaidi basa ndere kungobara vana pagore pagore kuwedzera ma street kids.

  13. Father – 30; mother -27; first child 6; second child 4; third child 3. Kuzvara kwacho uku explains on its own kuti these guys are not responsible at all

  14. blame the husband pakuzvara. a lot of men force their wivies not to use contraceptives. Have friends and relatives who do that. One has 9 chn and cant look after them. A lady who works at one chemist in town once laughed at me when l was buying some contraceptive for my wife. Blame the man.

  15. heading is misleading. pse report the truth. in your true senses mwana we six years angaende ku no man’ara nyaya here?

  16. Regaria uridununu chairo. What relationship are you talking about? If you refer to neglect as the relationship, then to hell with such type of ukama. Weldone muvakidzani and mapurisa.

  17. Parents sentenced to jail for neglect…which will worsen the neglect, obviously. A suspended sentence still means the possibility of incarceration is still there. Funny!

  18. Pamberi nenyika yeZimbabwe , ndiyo nhamo iyi neglect iyi is because of illegal sanctions and illegal plot to remove democratically elected president , so Bush go hang. It is not the parent’s fault hama dzangu zvinhu zvakaoma izvi these are fewer notable and reported cases but the truth is 75% of unemployed people’s lives are exactely the same as this case just that it is not reported. Pamberi ne 4th chimurenga

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