- Category: News
- Published on 25 January 2014
DESPITE deterrent jail sentences, Zimbabwean courts continue to deal with rape cases on a daily basis as influential people in society and trusted relatives or guardians continue to make headlines.
In 2011, Givemore Jokonya (30) and Letmore Masango (26) under Chief Katsekete of Muzarabani allegedly gang-raped an 18-month old baby for ritual purposes in a bid to enhance their restaurant business. Masango told the court that he had assisted Jokonya to rape the baby because he had promised to give him two cattle. Jokonya said a traditional healer had advised him to use the blood from the private parts when preparing sadza so that people would continue to come and buy at his restaurant. The two gang-raped the baby on Christmas day in 2011.
Robson Makaka (24) who had been on bail after being arrested for raping a 20-year-old deaf woman, was sentenced to an effective 12-year-jail term before it was altered to 15 years after he attempted to flee the court room. Makaka allegedly grabbed the deaf woman's hand while she was doing her dishes and dragged her to the toilet where he raped her once without using protection. The incident occurred in March 2011.
A 27-year-old shameless Mhondoro man was convicted of raping his seven-month-old relative. Magistrate Mujaya sentenced the man to an effective 20-year jail term. The man raped the baby on 27 July 2013 after the infant’s mother had gone to fetch water and left her baby who was sleeping in a hut in the man's custody. The relative then removed the baby's napkin and raped her while her mother was away. The man then fell asleep beside the baby after the rape with his blood stained clothes. When the infant’s mother returned from the borehole, she saw the baby crying and discovered that she was bleeding from her private parts.
A six-week-old baby was raped by her mother's brother and was admitted at Kimberley Hospital's intensive care unit after being raped by her uncle in October last year. After apprehending the suspect, angry residents threatened to kill the man, but they were stopped by the grandmother, who pleaded for his life. According to her, he was mentally unstable. The alleged rapist, who was 24-year-old then, was apparently involved in an altercation with the police a week ago and was shot twice during the incident. He allegedly tried to stab a police officer while resisting arrest.
An assistant builder, Francis Franco, 36, raped a paralysed granny (61) who is on a wheelchair after she turned down his advances for sex. Franco, who was employed at the 61-year-old woman’s house as an assistant builder, went to the granny’s place in November last year and found her sleeping. he demanded sex but the woman refused. Franco increased the television’s volume, approached the woman who was seated in a wheelchair, forcibly removed her skirt before raping her. The woman tried to scream but to no avail as she was not feeling well.
In 2010, a deaf, dumb and visual impaired man from Iminyela suburb in Bulawayo appeared in court facing charges of raping his five-year-old niece. The 38-year-old disabled man allegedly went into the house and forcibly removed the girl’s clothes and had sexual intercourse with her once. The girl's mother discovered the horrific incident when she entered the house and caught the accused red-handed raping her daughter. The mother then took a shoe and hit the man on his back forcing him to stop.
In 2011, a 47-year-old blind man from Binga was arrested for allegedly raping his 9-year-old niece who had come to ask for a box of matches. The blind man reportedly grabbed the minor by her hands and dragged her to his bedroom where he made her lie facing downwards. He then proceeded to have anal sex with her without her consent.
In 2012, a 30-year-old Seke man was arrested for raping his 90-year-old grandmother on 29 July 2012. The man, who came from Chakanetsa Village in Seke denied the rape charges and claimed that he was his 90-year-old grandmother's husband. He told the court that the complainant, his granny, was his “wife” and he had the right to have sexual intercourse with her.
"She became my wife after she had healed me of an erection problem and I used to buy food for her and this time around I had not been paid at work that’s why she reported me to the police," he said in his defence.
In 2012, a 74-year-old Hatcliffe man was convicted and jailed after he was caught red-handed raping a 13-year-old HIV positive girl. Million Donado was left with five years to serve behind bars, after four years of the total sentence were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
Last year a Harare pastor was brought before the courts on allegations of raping a congregant several times claiming to be strengthening the Holy Spirit. According to court papers, the pastor told the woman that she had the spirit of Mbuya Nehanda, a famous Shona spirit medium, which he claimed to be strengthening through the sexual encounters.
Last week, 30-year-old Thomas Chirembwe of Harare was sentenced to 290 years in prison by Magistrate Simon Rogers Kachambwa. This was after Thomas had been found guilty of raping and robing 21 women.