'Bestiality, incest on the rise in Mazowe'

HARARE - Morality crimes of bestiality, incest and using children to appease avenging spirits have been on the rise in parts of Mashonaland Central, Mazowe’s Chief Chiweshe has said.

Chiweshe, a member of the Chiefs’ Council of Zimbabwe, raised alarm over how his court is being flooded with cases of people sleeping with animals and family members sleeping with each other.

He laid the blame on newly-resettled farmers for defiling the area, further insinuating their actions were the reason for low rainfall.

“Munzvimbo ino makunakuna, nezvipini zvanyanya (in this area, there has been an increase in cases of man sleeping with animals and family members sleeping with each other),” chief Chiweshe said during the launch of Pioneer hybrid seeds in Mazowe last week.

“Tsika dzekuripisa vana ngozi dzatinetsa, tsika idzodzo hatichade (This culture of using children to appease avenging spirits, is no longer acceptable),” he said.

He added that sodomy had also become a cause of concern.

“Just recently, I was at the High Court nenyaya dzechingochani (over a case of homosexuality),” he said.

“Munedzimwe nzvimbo vana varikufamba vakashama (in other areas children are walking naked).  Some children are fighting with their parents. We don’t accept that.

“Many of our problems are being perpetrated by newly- resettled farmers who come from their areas with their own beliefs.”

Government, in January, announced a major policy climb-down saying they would now allow joint farming ventures between new black farmers and white commercial farmers.

But chief Chiweshe feels some indigenous farmers have gone beyond this agreement and are selling off pieces of farms to previous owners.

“Some people when given farms sell them to other people, these are the people giving us problems,” he said.

“Kutengesa ivhu? Nhaka yako, nevana vako? These are the people giving us problems.  We don’t want that.”

From a surplus producer of maize, Zimbabwe has become a net food importer during the past decade, as the country battles to meet national grain requirements.

This has left the country turning to imports from countries such as Zambia and South Africa.

“It’s an embarrassment that we are going to buy from countries we once sold to.

“That should not happen. I am imploring government to see to it that they capacitate our farmers,” Chief Chiweshe said.

Contrary to widespread scientific findings that climate change and El Nino were behind low rainfall, the infuriated chief said, cases of immorality were the chief reason the rains had deserted farmers.

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