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9-Year-Old Mother: Online DNA 'Results' Clearing Father are Fake

The DNA lab conducting paternity tests to determine who impregnated the 9-year-old girl from Zimbabwe’s Tsholotsho area has dismissed the on...

The DNA lab conducting paternity tests to determine who impregnated the 9-year-old girl from Zimbabwe’s Tsholotsho area has dismissed the online “results,” as fake. 

The fake article circulating on social media platforms reportedly exonerates the minor’s biological father for the pregnancy.

The Applied Genetic Testing Centre (AGTC) of the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) insisted that the paternity DNA tests are yet to be completed.

The AGTC volunteered to help the authorities establish who had abused and impregnated the 9-year-old. Speaking on the fake results which are currently going viral on social media, AGTC director, Mr Zephaniah Dhlamini, told the Chronicle.

“We don’t know who generated that message; it can be disruptive to the investigation. We are yet to conclude our tests, and we request that we be allowed to do work without any sideshows. What is the intention of sending such incorrect information before investigations are concluded.”

Part of the fake article containing the fake results reads: ‘The Father is not the father. “DNA results adds a new twist into the Tsholotsho 9-year-old mother case.
9-Year-Old Mother: Online DNA 'Results' Clearing Father are Fake 

“Bulawayo – A new twist has emerged in the puzzle of trying to unlock who the father of the child born by the 9year old Tsholotsho girl after DNA results showed that the father of the 9year old girl was not the father of her child.

“DNA tests extensively conducted by the National University of Science and Technology on three male suspects who are relatives of the parents of the 9-year-old girl including the father came out negative. This means all three suspects are exonerated as biological fathers of the child.

“This development means the search for the suspect who impregnated the Grade 3 pupil continues.”

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has confirmed that a 13-year-old cousin to the young mother is the father of the child, exonerating the biological father. 

The 29-year-old father of the pregnant girl was arrested on 29 October 2022, shortly after it was discovered that his daughter was pregnant. He is reported to be assisting the police with their investigations.

The nine-year-old girl from Masekesa village in Tsholotsho who made headlines recently after it emerged she was heavily pregnant gave birth to a baby boy.

State media reports the girl gave birth to a baby boy early Monday morning. She becomes the second youngest mother worldwide.

Officials from the police department of social welfare in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare are investigating the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy.

The girl, according to some reports, was under the care of United Bulawayo Hospital. Police have however arrested the father of the girl despite several attempts by the authorities to persuade the minor to reveal the perpetrator.

Reports have however indicated that the 29-year-old father incredibly claimed that goblins visited his daughter on the nights only when her mother was away and inserted things into her privates.

Globally, an estimated 15 per cent of young women give birth before age 18. Zimbabwe has had a high increase of child marriages and early pregnancies with authorities in the country saying more than a third of girls are married before the age of 18, and some are married before 15.

This year President Emmerson Mnangagwa signed into law the Marriages Act that prohibits the marriage of minors under the age of 18 and criminalises child marriages. - Online Sources 

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