13 years jail for ‘play­ing um­lamu’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fair­ness Moy­ana

A HWANGE teacher who had sex­ual in­ter­course with his men­tally chal­lenged sis­ter-in-law for six years claim­ing they were play­ing chi­ramu/um­lamu has been jailed for an ef­fec­tive 13 years.

Tavengwa Timire (34), a teacher at Ge­buza High School, took ad­van­tage of his wife’s ab­sence to turn her younger sis­ter into a sex slave from the time she was 14 un­til this year when she turned 20 years.

Timire told Hwange re­gional mag­is­trate, Mrs Dam­budzo Malunga that the woman con­sented to the sex.

“I didn’t see any­thing wrong with it as she had con­sented to the sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties that later took place. This whole thing started off as we were play­ing chi­ramu where she would act in a sug­ges­tive man­ner and I ended up fall­ing for it. I was not even aware that she was men­tally chal­lenged,” he said. Timire was blasted by Mrs Malunga. “With all the over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence pre­sented you are still blam­ing ev­ery­one but your­self. You still try­ing to jus­tify your ac­tions,” she said.

Mrs Malunga de­scribed Timire as a cruel man who took ad­van­tage of the close re­la­tion­ship that he had with his sis­ter-in­law to rape her.

She jailed him for 15 years and sus­pended two for 5 years.

Through his lawyer, Mr Ton­derai Mukuku, Timire chal­lenged the rape ac­cu­sa­tions.

“Com­plainant was not forced but con­sented to the sex­ual af­fairs with the ac­cused, hence can­not be termed rape. We also dis­pute the psy­chi­atric re­port which stated that com­plainant suf­fers from mod­er­ate men­tal ill­ness as all her ac­tions in­clud­ing her rea­sons for not re­veal­ing the sex­ual af­fair could only be done by a nor­mal per­son,” said Mr Mukuku.

Mr Tawanda Si­gauke pros­e­cuted.

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