Incoming child president, Takudzwanashe Mhuru says there is need for more efforts to ensure child marriages are eradicated as they are robbing many of his peers of a brighter future.

At a time Zimbabwe joins the rest of the continent in celebrating 16 June, the day of the African child, Zimbabweans have been called on to ensure that perpetrators of child marriages face the full wrath of the law.

On the 20th January 2016, the full bench of the Constitutional Court outlawed child marriages but however many young people continue to be affected as they are being forced into early marriages said Mhuru.

The child president also called on government to avail more funding so that all students are afforded the opportunity to access education as is the case with the STEM initiative which has seen thousands of students access tuition.

The day of the African child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the then Organisation of African Unity now known as the African Union.

This year’s commemorations on the day of the African child are under the theme “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and Equal Opportunity’.