FIRST Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa urged men to respect and support their families as a way of fighting crime and building the nation.
Amai Mnangagwa said this in her speech at the Female Open Prison Ground Breaking Ceremony held at Marondera Prison on Friday.
“Commissioner General vaZimondi tarisai muone dzavakatopara vasikana ava varimutorongo vakadzipariswa nevarume vavo,” said Amai Mnangagwa.
“Tinoda kutaura chokwadi chaicho nemazvo. Nekuti madzimai aya rudo, kuda varume vavo ndozvakavakonzeresa.
“Asi akauya akazvipira kuti murume wangu ndamuwana uyu ndakunovaka ndokubva murume aita chitsotsi ndosaka musikana aripachinzvimbo chaari.
“Asi aaah vasikana zvapera murivashoma nguva yenyu yasara diki ndiripo for you saka vana baba haikona kutiitisa zvinhu zvakaipa itai moga mugowanda muchingozara (mumajeri) isusu tisiyei,” said Amai Mnangagwa to a thunderous applause from the guests.
Her speech followed Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service Commissioner General Paradzayi Zimondi’s opening remarks where he noted an increased number of male inmates than female inmates around the country.
“As you might be aware that females are a very important and sensitive constituency within our communities, whose roles favour that they are in constant touch with the family and community as opposed to outright incarceration,” said Amai Mnangagwa.