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PROPORTIONAL Representative legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC-T) has welcomed plans by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to impose stiffer penalties on rapists as part of efforts to deal with the crime.In his speech during the official opening of the Second Session of the Ninth Parliament on Tuesday, Mnangagwa announced that laws would be brought before Parliament to protect children and women from various injustices.

.In previous parliamentary sessions, female MPs advocated for stiffer sentences of up to 30 years or more, with some even suggesting castration.Misihairabwi-Mushonga described this as one of the most positive moves Mnangagwa has taken.Chief Fortune Charumbira also commended efforts being made to address the cash crisis in the country.Mnangagwa announced that his government was pursuing removal of arbitrage in order to address the cash situation.

He then castigated the stance taken by the main opposition MDC to walk out of Mnangagwa’s speech, saying problems in the country cannot be solved by demonstrations.