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Mass wedding for 16 couples, 2 polygamists

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Farai Matebvu

CHIPINGE TIMES REPORTER

BUHERA – Eighteen couples including polygamists are going to have a mass wedding atMarambanyika Village under Chief Nyashanu in Buhera on July 8, 2022.

The wedding follows a two-day training course conducted by World Vision in Ward 22 in which men were trained on the role and function of a good father in the family. The course is dubbed “Celebrating Family Mode”.

The World Vision programme is targeting wards in Buhera where domestic violence and abuse of children is most rampant. From Ward 22, the same programme will be rolled out to wards 11,12, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 27.

The programme wants to make families a comfort zone for couples and children and church and traditional leaders are also trained so that they are equipped to support the goals of the programme.

 The Mirror is reliably told that two groups of those who will be wedding are polygamists, one with three wives and the other with two.

The Mirror is also told that the wedding will take place at the Apostolic Faith Mission and Buhera Resident Magistrate Tatenda Makwanya will preside over the processes.

World Vision seeks to mould fathers who assist their wives to raise God-fearing children. The is targeting wards 11,12, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 27 which have higher cases of domestic violence and divorce.

Buhera district officer in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Community Development Julia Tirivavi confirmed the event but declined to comment further citing protocol issues.

A World Vision official who requested anonymity also confirmed the event.

“Our organization has been training the couples and so far we have completed Ward 22 in Marambanyika Village. We are rolling out the same program in other wards which are hard hit by gender based violence (GBV) and divorces,” said the official

Buhera has the largest number of Johanne Marange Apostolic Church members who are accused of abusing and pledging young girls in marriage against the Constitution.

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