A 14-year-old girl died last week while giving birth at a shrine in Bocha, Mutare.
Relatives of the late Memory Machaya are yet to come to terms with the way they were treated at Johanne Marange church where Memory was receiving prayers.
Family spokesperson Alice Mabika told H-Metro that Memory’s mother Shy Mabika was denied access to the burial of her daughter where bouncers forced her to remain silent as she mourned her daughter.
“Our hearts are bleeding. We are suffering like this because of a church doctrine.” said Mabika.
“We were denied access to witness the burial of our daughter as bouncers silenced us and warned us over spreading news of the death of our relative.
Memory, the last born in a family of six children, was having her first birth.
She was buried at the shrine where she was receiving prayers.
Rural youth face many hurdles in trying to earn a livelihood. They do not perceive agriculture as a remunerative or prestigious profession, and until they find meaningful economic opportunities and attractive environments in rural areas, they will continue to migrate to cities.
After serving as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission since 2013 and a member of its Executive Board since 2018, former Olympic swimmer Kirsty Coventry has now been elected to serve as a full member of the IOC.
At an IOC session held on July 17, Coventry’s status was officially voted on by the organisation. Following the vote, the representative of Zimbabwe and current chair of the IOC Athlete’s Commission officially had her status within the organisation changed.
While her previous status had listed her as an active athlete, she will now be considered an “Independent Individual IOC Member”. As a member of the IOC, she will serve an eight-year term. She will continue to hold her position in the Athletes’ Commission until the conclusion of the 2020 Games.
Coventry, who is the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts, and Recreation in Zimbabwe, will now serve as a part of the organisation responsible for making decisions surrounding the Games.