Proportional Representation legislator Lwazi Sibanda has told the National Assembly that some legislators who are against the idea of giving adolescents access to sexual reproductive health services are the same people who are bedding the young girls in their hotel rooms.
The National Assembly is currently debating a petition by Advocacy Core Team (ACT) calling to allow adolescents access to contraceptives.
ACT in its petition said blocking adolescents from accessing contraceptives is resulting in abortions and unwanted pregnancies.
Many young girls in Zimbabwe are finding themselves in marriages before turning 18 years because they would have been pregnant.
It is believed that if they have unconditional access to sexual reproductive health services, they can prevent getting the pregnancies.
However, some legislators are against the move, arguing that it goes against African cultural and Christian values.
African culture and Christianity general believe it is taboo for adolescents to indulge in sexual intercourse at a tender age.
However, making her contribution to report on the petition, Honourable Sibanda, the same MPs who are opposed are the culprits.
“I also want to add on, Honourable Speaker, that there are Honourable Members who said 90% of the people who came to the public hearing disagreed on the fact that adolescents should have access to reproductive health services.
‘’I would want to say it categorically that these same Honourable Members who are saying so, are the same Members who go and sleep with these children. Madam Speaker, I would like to say that these Honourable Members who are in this House should respect the women because we are seeing them.
‘’They are saying these children should not be allowed to get health services, yet these are the same men who we see going out with these children in the hotels,’’ she said.
MPs accuse each other of bedding young girls in hotels