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Zim Parliament encourages bigger families for economic growth

Some senators are calling on the government to encourage families to have a minimum of eight children.

FILE: The Zimbabwean flag. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – Members of Zimbabwe's upper House of Parliament have made a controversial call for families to have at least eight children.

Lawmakers say a bigger population will encourage economic growth and investment.

Questions are being asked whether Zimbabwe’s small population of just 14 million is the reason it can't attract foreign investment.

That's the view of some senators, though many Zimbabweans on social media don't agree.

Some senators are calling on the government to encourage families to have a minimum of eight children.

They also want non-governmental organisations that promote birth control to channel their funds into promoting family growth in Zimbabwe instead.

Ruling party senator, Mike Musaka, who proposed the motion, says foreign investors are only likely to open factories in nations with a lot of people.