While the nation joined the rest of the world in commemorating the Day of the African Child, parliamentarians have called for support to capacitate programmes and policies aimed at helping vulnerable children as the illegal sanctions have suffocated government initiatives meant to address the issue.
Chimanimani Senator and Zanu PF Women’s League Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa said there is need for programmes that involve government and families in dealing with vulnerable children.
Cde Mutsvangwa also called for funding to be given to institutions that look after vulnerable children.
Harare South House of Assembly Member, Cde Hubert Nyanhongo called on the inclusive government to prioritise the issue, noting that the previous Zanu PF government created a lot of programmes to assist vulnerable children.
Cde Nyanhongo added that the illegal sanctions imposed on the country had a draw back on the progress that had been achieved by the Zanu PF government, hence the need to identify all the vulnerable children for enrolment in vocational training centers to get life skills.
Goromonzi West House of Assembly Member, Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga said vulnerable children issues should not be downplayed and as such the countryâ€™s constitution should protect and preserve their rights.
Zimbabwe joined the rest of the continent in commemorating the Day of the African Child this week under the theme, â€˜All together for urgent actions in favor of street children.â€™