Sodomy cases on the rise

HARARE - Child defilement in relation to sodomy cases are dominating the country’s courts.

This comes as frustrations of a jobless younger generation, the dereliction of duty by their elders and an unhealthy mental state of the nation have contributed to the increase in these crimes, observers say.

Just last week, a 73-year-old man was dragged before the Harare Magistrate’s Courts on charges of aggravated indecent assault after he allegedly raped a mentally disturbed boy several times.

The state opposed bail for Moses Chirara who was advised to seek recourse at the High Court by Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba.

It is alleged that Chirara took the complainant (name withheld) who is mentally disturbed along Douglas Road in Harare where he ordered him to lie down while facing downwards.

The court heard that Moses proceeded to have anal sex with the boy several times without his consent.

It is alleged that he threatened to kill the complainant if he disclosed the case to anyone.

The complainant was examined by a doctor who concluded that the degree of penetration was definite. He later identified the accused as his abuser.

Cases of sodomy were also before Chiredzi regional magistrate Judith Zuyu, who slapped a man with a 17-year jail term.

This was after he was found guilty of sodomising a six-year-old boy. The 68-year-old man who worked as a general worker pleaded guilty to the charge.

Elsewhere, in Chitungwiza, one Maxwell Chisvo pleaded not guilty to aggravated indecent assault before magistrate Estere Chivasa but was convicted due to overwhelming evidence.

It was also proven during trial that Chisvo was HIV-positive.

It was proven that he sodomised a 17-year-old boy after luring him into his tuckshop.

Chisvo was sentenced to 15 years in jail after a full trial that also saw prosecutor Loveti Muringwa telling the court that cases of sodomy were on the increase in Chitungwiza.

Ex-convict, Robson Jack said child defilement has increased but many cases were going unreported.

He added that, worryingly, parents and the community were complicit.

The increase is also attributed to complicity and cover-up by parents who accept bribes from criminals who assault their children.

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

The 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 makuna kuna, nezvipini zvanyanya (in this area, there has been an increase of cases of men sleeping with animals and family members sleeping with each other),” Chief Chiweshe said recently during the launch of hybrid seeds in Mazowe.

“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 for concern.

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

“Mune dzimwe 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.”


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