A Chiredzi man was nabbed by the police, after he allegedly forced his 5 year old daughter to put her hands on a hot stove as punishment.
The man was furious after his daughter ate the sadza left for him, from the previous evening.
This follows the increasing complaints in the country that hunger has taken its toll on many families in Zimbabwe, with most running out of food during the lockdown.
After he burnt his child’s hands, the man is said to have tied them at the back.
He also accused the child of eating food from the neighbors’ houses.
According to reports by Masvingo Mirror, the Chiredzi man was apprehended by the police on Thursday after attempting to flee arrest for the better part of the day.
The police were not available for comment at the time of going to press.
Chiredzi Ward 5 councillor, Blessings Mazinyani, however confirmed the incident.
He said it happened in Magwaza, Chiredzi and the child in question was left with serious injuries as a result.
He said when he found the girl, she had her hands tied together at the back.
He revealed that the child has since been put under the custody of Childline.
Mazinyani said that Chiredzi households having problems with food, should approach the relevant authorities for assistance.
“When I went to the place I found the child with her hands tied at the back with a rope. The father who is a tout allegedly assaulted his daughter for eating sadza left for him the previous evening.
I encourage parents to approach authorities for assistance if they face challenges with food,”
Childline Masvingo Regional Manager, Claudius Chigaba confirmed the case but said due to the nature of the case which involves a minor, he was not allowed to comment to the Press.