Sex-for-food at Chingwizi Camp

CHINGWIZI CAMP - Flood victims at Chingwizi holding camp have accused government workers and Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers in charge of distributing aid of demanding sex from females in exchange for food and other commodities.

The victims, particularly males, expressed concern about the actions of government workers, who are allegedly asking for sexual favours from their wives, children and relatives by dangling aid items sourced from well-wishers.

Chingwizi settlers who spoke to the Daily News said government workers were taking advantage of the desperate women and girls to solicit for sex in exchange for food, blankets, tents and other necessities at the camp.

Ananias Chiguni, who was relocated from Chivi, said the situation had gone out of hand.

“We are very angry with what is happening here,” he said. “The workers distributing food and other materials are abusing our wives and daughters by demanding that they sleep with them and give them the commodities they distribute, particularly food.

“They know that our families are facing hunger and starvation and they are taking advantage of that as our women will end up giving in to their demands to save their families from starving.” 

The victims said the main culprits were ZRP members who guard the food at the warehouse.

“The police officers are the most notorious in this game, they are the main culprits behind the food-for-sex thing as they are the ones who guard the warehouses and they have unlimited access to them,” said Aaron Murungiri. “So they can just take whatever they want and call our women to give them goodies but they demand sex first. We are very angry with them and I wish we could beat them up but the law does not allow us.”

The use of food and other items to lure females has also been blamed by the villagers for the unprecedented rise of prostitution at the camp.

Villagers said every morning, the whole camp will be strewn with used condoms as the actors wait until it gets dark to engage in this activity.

“Prostitution has suddenly rise here as desperate settlers are now using their bodies to get what they need to survive and this is caused by those distributing things to us,” said a lady who declined to be named.

Although government said it was not aware of the reports of abuse, civil society groups assisting the flood victims confirmed receiving the reports.

Government officials said there was a complaints’ committee tasked with handling such complaints.

“We have not yet received such reports here,” said Felix Chikovo, Masvingo provincial administrator and government head of the Tokwe-Mukorsi flood victims committee. “It’s actually my first time to hear this from you. We have a complaints’ committee based at the camp and they have not forwarded reports of that nature.”

The Coalition Against Corruption (Cac) team condemned the soliciting.

“We are here on an investigative mission after receiving reports of corruption in the distribution of aid to victims and we have just learnt about this disturbing sex-for-food activity here,” said Cac director Terry Mutsvanga.

“Cac strongly condemns the actions by such corrupt officers and calls upon the relevant authorities to investigate the issue with speed.

“Such actions are barbaric since it is the poor, vulnerable women who are being abused.”

Comments (10)

What these workers are doing is pathetic and points out the fact that there is no distribution accountability, which also means food and other essentials are being stolen. How then do we expect more help from well wishers and donors when there is lack of accountability?

Dr Know - 2 April 2014

Hama dzedu dzotambudzwa neZANU PF vakomana! Chatakapara chiiko makaranga? Ngatimukei mhani kwete kunyemwerera mhondi idzi dzichitambudza rudzi gwedu so!

Tongogara - 2 April 2014

some of the food was distributed to zzanu pf supporters in bulawayo and also given to local government and some members of the presidents office in bulawayo

chimoto - 2 April 2014

the devil is always at work, to do such things in such a situation is satanistic. the image of the police force is not something to smile about in Zim. I do not know if there is any good that comes from us Zimbabweans

zvichanaka - 2 April 2014

Mapurisa awo inhubu anoda kugadziriswa chose nekuti zvekunyenga nechibhinya icho hazvina kunaka . Ndizvo zvavakadzidziswa kuborder Gezi pamwe naChihuri vunhubu hwakadai

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 2 April 2014

Anonzi mazvokuda mavanga e nyora. Ukwaridza gumbeze rarapo. Taktundira mutsime zvino tonwa mvura yacho, Veku Malawi voti 'kunyira poogona' meaning kuitira tsvina paunorarira. Ko vakadzi ve ma gvt employees ne mapurisa aya vanonzwa sei vachinzwa kuti varume vavo vave zvigevenga ku Chingwizi Camp. A chnaged generation yatotanga apa. ZanuPf chiwororo.

Maita Manyuka - 3 April 2014

Who says Satan is not in charge in Zimbabwe?

John o - 3 April 2014

We used to hear these kinds of pathetic misconducts amongst the Zambian and Mozambique police officers. We would laugh and joke about them. We viewed them as being of very low esteem. We never imagined this happening in our country. Now the ZRP is in front when it comes to all the shameful act, the most rampant being corruption on the highways, streets, and even in charge offices. Nowadays it is common to read stories of police officers raping complainants, murdering girlfriends, committing other serious crimes like armed robbery, extortion, and fraud to name a few. At road blocks, they demand for bribes, in full view of the public. They act with impunity, unlawfully smashing windscreens of kombis alleged to have flouted road rules. Most often they kill innocent passengers and justify this by saying they were trying to apprehend fleeing kombi drivers. They blatantly violate the law, and seem to be protected of such acts. The public also seem to accept it as it is. With the prohibitive cost of litigation in this country the poor public is left with no option for recourse. Very few, if any lawsuits are lodged in the courts as a result. We have never heard of a case where an individual has successfully sued the police. One is left wondering whether the police are so perfect, that they are never found on the wrong side of the law or whether there is a deliberate silent policy meant to hinder the offended public from suing the offender in this case the ZRP. Food for thought ladies and gentlemen

mosquito - 3 April 2014

This must not go unpunished should the culprits be found out. No wonder why vanhu vachifa ne aids. nguva yekutsvaga condom unoiwanepi uchinyenga zveukopokopo

wchirare - 3 April 2014

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