A BULAWAYO-BASED member of an apostolic sect appeared in court yesterday charged with turning his six children aged between seven and 14 years into vendors instead of sending them to school.
BY SILAS NKALA
Sebastian Chivhima (59) of Hillside was not asked to plead to a charge of absenting young persons from school when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Batanai Tuwe. The magistrate remanded the case to July 30 for trial.
Chivhima, who was remanded out of custody on free bail, is alleged to have withdrawn his children from school and tasked them to sell brooms and mops at Hillside Shopping Centre.
Prosecutor Tarisai Eunice Kamema told the court that Chivhima had failed to send his six children to school since they were born.
It is the State case that on July 1, the officer-in-charge at Hillside Police Station Chief Inspector Justice Rabson spotted Chivhima’s children selling brooms at the shopping centre where they revealed that they had never been to school although all of them had reached school-going age.
Rabson then caused Chivhima’s arrest.