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Kids drag cop to court

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A 16-YEAR-OLD Form 3 girl and her younger sister have taken their father to court for negligence, accusing him of failing to buy them food and cater for their educational needs.

STEPHEN CHADENGA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

The girls, who are both resident at the Zimbabwe Republic Police Senga Camp, reported their father, an assistant inspector based at Gweru Transtech, to Childline accusing him of not buying them food and uniforms as well as not paying school fees.

The girls’ father appeared before Gweru magistrate Mildred Matuvi yesterday to answer charges of contravening the Children’s Act.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges alleging that his daughters were coerced by their uncles (his in-laws) to make false allegations against him.

The man accused his older daughter of lying alleging that she was mischievous at school and would at times hide bank cards, her school report, blazer and uniforms.

It was the State’s case that on December 12 2013 at around 8am, the complainant and her younger sister went to Childline and reported their dad for not buying food, school uniforms and paying fees for them.

The older girl alleged that she was left to take care of her siblings while her father was attending a course in Bulawayo and her stepmother away in Zhombe where she teaches.

The girl said she had to beg for food from a neighbour while her father was away.

She then made a report at the police camp resulting in the arrest of her dad.

The trial continues today.

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