Herdboy convicted of child sexual abuse

HARARE - A Chinhamora herdboy who exposed his privates to his employer’s daughters was yesterday slapped with a six-month prison term.

Versus Dennis Ruzvidzo lowered his pants before the minors, aged 10 and 12, and held his testicles before telling them that they helped him predict cold weather and produced “things” that made women pregnant.

Although Ruzvidzo denied the allegations, he was convicted of two counts of indecent assault by Harare magistrate Lucy Mungwari.

His defence was that charges against him had been fabricated by his employers because he had demanded his salary of six months.

“Everything that has been said in this court is a lie. I would never do that to these children but the main issue is that the parents are bitter because I had demanded my salary after they failed to pay me for six months,” Ruzvidzo said.

“By November last year, they owed me $300 because I was being paid $50 monthly. The parents want me locked up to avoid paying up my outstanding salaries.”  

However, the prosecutor Chipo Matambo advised the court that the case was reported to the police by the girls’ teacher, whom they had opened up to.

She said the girls’ parents were later advised on the issue by the teacher on her way to the police.

Mungwari suspended two months of the sentence on condition of good behaviour and a further four months on condition that Ruzvidzo completes 140 hours of community service at Chitauro Clinic in Chinamora.

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