Zimbabwe man charged with murder over child bride death

  • Published by Agence France-Presse on 20th August 2021
    Zimbabwean Hatirarami Momberume, 26, has been charged with having sex with a minor and also carged with murder for failing to take his 14-year-old wife to hospital who died of complications due to childbirth. PHOTO |
  • Zimbabwean authorities on Friday charged a man with murder after his 14-year-old wife died at a religious shrine last month of complications due to childbirth.
  • The death of Anna Machaya sparked widespread outrage on social media, drawing condemnation from rights groups and the United Nations.
  • Machaya’s husband Hatirarami Momberume, 26, was arrested this week and arraigned before a magistrate’s court in Mutare, Zimbabwe’s third-largest city, on Friday.
  • Momberume was charged with murder for failing to take his wife to hospital when she went into labour pain, despite “realising that there was a real risk or possibility that his conduct… might cause death”, court documents showed.


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