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Justice Mwayera’s ruling welcomed

The ruling by High Court judge Justice Hlekani Mwayera that children born out of wedlock should be able to benefit from the estate of their deceased parents has been welcomed by different sections of society.

Zimbabwe has for a long time been grappled with cases of surviving spouses who block children born out of wedlock, thereby leaving several of them destitute.

Justice for Children Trust director Caleb Mutandwa yesterday welcomed the ruling, saying it was not the fault of any child of a deceased spouse that they were born out of wedlock.

He said if anyone had to be punished for anything, it had to be the deceased spouse and not the children.

“We welcome that decision because it is in line with the International Convention on Children’s Rights that Zimbabwe is part of,” Mutandwa said.

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