Zimbabwe's Laws: The case for sex tapes and orgies?

Zimbabwe's Laws: The case for sex tapes and orgies?

Die not Father before you bless me with your name? (c) Pintrest

By Robert Mukondiwa

The recent decision by Zimbabwe’s High Court blocking a woman from the capital, Harare, from registering her child born out of wedlock in the late father’s family name has sparked terrible debate and stirred a lot of anger.

Apparently that is because if the father is late, the late man’s mother or father (child’s grandparents) or close relatives are supposed to give consent so that the child bears his rightful family name.

The woman, Ms Zvikomborero Paunganwa approached the High Court challenging the constitutionality of Section 12 (2) of the Births and Deaths Registration Act (Chapter 5:02) and lost out. Now she has to register the child using her maiden name because the relatives were uncooperative.

Yet the question is probably pertinent as to how the relatives have the right to ‘confirm paternity’ in their late relative’s irreversible absence.

The law, in this case, it terribly moronic to say the absolute least.

How do they confirm paternity? Would they have been present during the sex jaunt and conception of the child? Will they have occupied front row seats to the epic session of hide the sausage; shouting and cheering their relative on and he sows the seeds of the future generation of the family name?

What common sense is there from the legal world that says relatives can confirm or deny the child his or her paternity and paternal rights?

Perhaps this is exoneration finally for the social outbreak and  Zimbabwean epidemic of sex tapes being recorded left right and centre? Perhaps these can be produced to help determine and confirm that the child would certainly have been borne from passion between the mother and the late man?

Either way, it is retarded, stupid, dehumanizing and sad that such an advanced judiciary such as Zimbabwe’s would confer the power to determine a child’s future and their right to dignity to a family kangaroo court using no other science than emotion.

With issues to do with inheritance and many other factors at play, we shall obviously have more and more people saying their late relative is not the father of the child. Oft-times if only to spite a woman who is not ‘liked’ by the family ‘system’.

I have personally witnessed  ‘relatives’ develop bouts of amnesia in family courts in a bid to demonically and evilly exclude other people in determination of family estates and this evil is set to escalate with the new ruling.

Granted, some may want to lie about paternity to wrongfully gain from estates of deceased wealthy people, but certainly our legal system should have better ways to determine paternity than delegate the role to evil relatives lurking in the dark just waiting for a chance to hate.

Other than that perhaps women should get their video cameras out and keep recording the sex. Or perhaps just invite the relatives for a series of live performances.
We could start the trend dear partner.

Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce'st soir?

Robert Mukondiwa is a Zimbabwean journalist


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