The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Sexual Abuse Unearthed

A SEXUAL abuse scandal has been unearthed at the Anglican Church's Shirley Cripps Children's Home in Chikwaka that has led to the arrest of one care-giver. Police at Juru have arrested a man who worked at the home in connection with the case after a report made by the Church of the Province of Central Africa led by Bishop Chad Gandiya.

Bishop Gandiya told journalists on Wednesday that his church had to quickly send a team of care-givers after receiving reports that most workers had left the home following the church's victory at the Supreme Court.

"The reports we received were that the sexual abuse was widespread. We alerted the police, although we were not yet in control of the institution. Police responded swiftly and a suspected male abuser was arrested. I understand that the man is now out on bail," said Bishop Gandiya.

One of the girls, according to Bishop Gandiya, was unceremoniously transferred from the school.

Officer commanding police in Murewa district Chief Superintendent Simon Mwatsikesimbe confirmed the arrest.

"I confirm that such a report was made at Juru Police Station and one male suspect was arrested in connection with the abuse," he said.

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