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by Walter Mswazie 07/03/2019

A 27 year old Grana Chiondegwa a woman from Village 11 A, Mushandike Resettlement of Masvingo is alleged to have sold her three year-old daughter to a South African based syndicate that uses children as beggars at busy traffic intersections. She allegedly struck a deal to receive R300 every month in return for having her daughter exploited in the neighbouring country. Chiondegwa told a court on Tuesday that she was forced to give the child away after her husband Tinashe Mutombeni deserted her and her five children. She allegedly gave the minor to Ivy Chepiri (28) to facilitate the deal. Appearing before Chivi resident magistrate Ms Perseverance Mukumba recently facing charges of human trafficking. Prosecutor Mr Nixon Chamisa said sometimes in January this year Chiondegwa allegedly approached her church mate, Olinda Munodawafa (33) of Mashava and she told her friend that she had no means to get food and school fees for the children. The court heard that Munodawafa advised her to link up with Chepiri, also known as Mai Gidza who would take the minor to South Africa for the purposes of begging at robots in return for some money every month. Sometime last week, police in Chivi received a tip off from villagers that Chiondegwa had given away her daughter to a stranger leading to her arrest. The court heard that she also revealed that the deal had been facilitated by Munodawafa who has since been arrested.