PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday bemoaned the rate of divorces in Zanu PF and urged youths to observe their cultural practices and work hard to achieve success in life.
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Speaking at the official opening of the 21st Session of the Junior Parliament, Mugabe urged youths to exercise discipline to avoid contracting HIV and Aids and other diseases.
Mugabe bemoaned the high divorce and separation rate in the country. He said women and children were the most affected.
“Out of any three weddings I have attended, at least one couple has broken up. There is so much divorce and separation, take your time before marriage, don’t rush…study your partner,” said Mugabe. “Even looking at my own Cabinet, I ask them ah uyu ndewechingani [I ask is this the first wife]?”
Mugabe said children find it hard to accept why their mother was rejected.
Several Zanu PF officials and Cabinet ministers have gone through nasty divorces in the past few years.
Among them are Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development, Ignatious Chombo, Zanu PF national chairperson Simon Kaya-Moyo, Minister of State in Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Office Silvester Nguni, deputy Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Samuel Undenge.
Mugabe also took the opportunity to launch the revised National Youth Policy.
The President spoke on moral decadence and called on youths to avoid being trapped in harmful practices, such as drinking and doing drugs.