THE mother of the nine-year-old preg_nant Tsholotsho girl has broken her silence on the bizarre issue, saying that what pains her most was that her daughter was not aware that she is preg_nant, but believes she is suffering from some stomach ailment.
In an exclusive interview with Sunday News in Bulawayo on Friday, the girl’s mother (26) who cannot be named for professional reasons, revealed that her daughter started her monthly men_strual cycle when she was just seven years-old in 2020. As the distraught mother opened up on the incident, it also emerged that the father of the child allegedly told her that “goblins will visit her at night and insert something in her private parts.”
The father (29) was arrested on 29 August 2022 when it was discovered that the minor was preg_nant and is assisting police with investigations. The goblins that the father forewarned his daughter about, are alleged to have visited the nine-year-old only on nights that her mother was away from home and was left in the care of her father. So broken was the mother that she turned down an invitation to visit her daughter on Friday. She chose to walk away and sit in the foyer of the safe house than to go to the room where her daughter is being taken care of. She said she could not stand seeing her daughter in that state.
“She does not know what is wrong with her, that she is preg_nant. The last time I saw her she asked me if I would take her home once she heals from her sickness, as that is what she knows. I started to see her men_struating in 2020 and she was seven years old then and I took her to the clinic to find out what the cause could have been. They told me that it was possible for her to men_struate early owing to the foods children eat nowadays. We returned home, then this year (August), I noticed that her stomach was swelling and took her to the hospital once more and there it was discovered that she was preg_nant. I was not expecting that she could be preg_nant because it is actually a shock and something foreign to us that a nine-year-old child can fall preg_nant.”
Asked on whether she had been informed by her daughter of the s_3xual abuse she was going through, she said no.
“She never said anything, we tried to ask her about what happened to her but she wouldn’t talk, up to now. I am in pain because I do not know what happened to my daughter. My family is also distraught over the matter. I am just scared for her and what will happen since she is so young and preg_nant. I never saw any behavioural changes in her such that I never picked up that she was probably being abused. She remained the same child until we discovered she was preg_nant. She was also attending school from the beginning of this year but she had a tendency of not getting to school on some days and would return home and say she was chased away from school,” she said.
— Sunday News