‘Mo­lested’ teen drops charge against un­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl from Tsholot­sho shocked a court when she de­clared she wanted to drop charges against her un­cle who had been ar­rested for forc­ing his fin­gers into her sex­ual or­gan.

Mqin­isi Tshuma (31) who had been in cus­tody since his ar­rest on June 3 this year was all smiles with his mother (ju­ve­nile’s grand­mother) af­ter learn­ing that the charges would be dropped.

He al­legedly abused the mi­nor in the guise of cleans­ing her from goblins.

Bu­l­awayo Re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Crispen Mberewere with­drew the charges and warned Tshuma that he was very lucky to es­cape jail.

“You’re a very lucky man that this lit­tle girl with­drew th­ese charges. We cer­tainly hope that her tes­ti­mony that you didn’t com­mit this of­fence is true. This court looks out for men who take ad­van­tage and abuse young chil­dren, it sends them away to pri­son for a very long time where they can’t have ac­cess to in­no­cent chil­dren,” said Mr Mberewere.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Sim­barashe Manyiwa said charges against Tshuma were that he mas­saged his niece’s vag­ina with a tra­di­tional oint­ment and forced his fin­gers into it, claim­ing that he was cleans­ing her.

“Ac­cused went into the com­plainant’s bed­room af­ter every­one had re­tired to bed. He told her she was be­ing forced to sleep with goblins. He asked her to re­move her panties and sit on the bed. He smeared her vag­ina with some tra­di­tional medicine (ivim­bela) then in­serted his fin­gers in­side,” said Mr Manyiwa.

In her state­ment, the vic­tim stated that her un­cle used to cleanse her oc­ca­sion­ally.

“My un­cle used to send me to the river to fetch wa­ter. He would tell me to re­move my skirt and at times all of my clothes.

“On one oc­ca­sion I re­fused to be ‘bathed’ and told him that I would tell my grand­mother about it,” read the state­ment.— @tan­nytkay.

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