A mother has married off her 13 year old daughter to a fellow farm worker in exchange for $100 bride price.
She claimed she cannot afford to look after the teen. The woman who cannot be named to protect the daughter is is a Ncube from Kwite, Mangwe. Sheperd Nkomo (23) who married the girl has since been arrested. Nkomo told The Chronicle that he had slept with the juvenile on several occasions before he paid the bride price.
The girl was reunited with her family following the man’s arrest, with Nkomo claiming that she was not pregnant.
He said he would visit the girl and spend the night at her homestead while on some occasions he took her to his workplace as her mother was usually absent from home. He said his in-laws had advised him to pay any amount that he could raise in order to get his “wife.”
Nkomo revealed that at the time he first made love to the minor in June, he did not know that she was under age.“I stayed with my wife and her three-year-old cousin sister for one month after I had paid the bride price.
At the moment she is now staying with her mother at her workplace,” said Nkomo. “Before paying the bride price I used to use protection when sleeping with her but ever since I married her I’ve stopped as she is now my wife.“On my part I doubt if I did anything illegal because I married her with the blessings of her mother.”
He said he was prepared to fend for the juvenile as his wife. The farm worker said his “marriage” was disrupted by “noisy” villagers who reported him to the police.He said he was arrested on Saturday but was released pending further investigations.
The juvenile’s maternal grandmother expressed disgust over her daughter-in-law’s actions. She said Ncube had failed to act like a proper mother since her son (Ncube’s husband) passed away as she always left her children unattended.“I’m disgusted by what my daughter-in-law did.
I wasn’t even told about all these arrangements as I just learnt through the grapevine that my granddaughter was now married.
“No matter how stranded you are, a normal person wouldn’t marry off such a young child just to raise money. There is no child that can turn out to be a burden to their parent,’’ she said.