Are 70% of Zimbabwean men raising children not their own?

An official is quoted in an article in the Sunday News of 9 June, 2019 saying that about 60 percent of Zimbabwean men are taking care of children who are not biologically theirs. The “expert” says they do this without full knowledge and some do so deliberately.

The article quotes Chato Lunga from Expedite DNA Zimbabwe:

“About 60 percent of Zimbabwean men are taking care or providing for children who were misidentified as theirs either deliberately or due to human error.

Usually there are two cases involved with paternity fraud cases, first the mother will be knowing that the alleged man who is accompanying her is not the father of the child and then in other cases the mother would be just ignorant and unaware of whom the father is and this at times is caused by distressed mothers who need the presence of a male figure in the child’s life including morale, physical and financial support as well.

It is possible as well for the mother to name the wrong man as the biological father of the child not as fraud but an honest mistake. If there is a dispute about whether the father of the child is the child’s natural father this can be resolved by DNA test,”

Research by ZimFact has however concluded that his is fake news because the claim lacks context. The research says this claim may only true of men who have used the services at Expedite DNA Zimbabwe to check the paternity of the children they are providing for. According to ZimFact, the statistics are presented as if they are representative of all Zimbabwean men as a population and yet that is not true. The sample is not representative enough as it is too small and based on the reports of one agency.