Alvord Mabena caught in niece sex­ual as­sault storm

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Temba Dube

FOR­MER Na­tional Rail­ways of Zim­babwe gen­eral man­ager and board chair­per­son, Mr Alvord Mabena (66), has been re­ported to the po­lice for al­legedly sex­u­ally as­sault­ing his niece (21).

The Chron­i­cle spoke to the niece — name with­held for eth­i­cal rea­sons — on Wed­nes­day and she al­leged Mr Mabena at­tacked her at her home in Malin­dela on Mon­day morn­ing last week.

Mr Mabena yes­ter­day told The Chron­i­cle he was not aware of the mat­ter and was hear­ing about it for the first time. The woman said Mr Mabena ar­rived at the house and found her with a maid. “My Un­cle (Mr Mabena) had brought fire­wood and was with his gar­dener. He asked me where my mum and granny were and I told him they were away,” said the woman.

“We left the maid and his gar­dener of­fload­ing the fire­wood and we went into the house as he had asked for a drink. In the house, he grabbed me and fon­dled my breasts and bum.”

She said she was stunned and begged Mr Mabena to stop but he was too strong for her.

She said she started cry­ing and es­caped into her bed­room where she locked the door.

“Later I went out to help in of­fload­ing the fire­wood and he came and asked for wa­ter. As I’m [sic] putting ice into the wa­ter, he comes be­hind, grabs me and presses me against the sink. He’s grab­bing me and asks me to kiss him... He un­zips his trousers and asks me to touch his d**k. Funny thing is he’s press­ing me against the sink and wants to jerk off on me,” said the woman.

She said as soon as he left, she cried and called a friend who told her mother about the sex at­tack.

“My mum told my un­cle in the UK. Even to­day, I don’t think he (Mr Mabena) was in his right senses. What he wanted to do is taboo in our African cul­ture,” she said.

She said fam­ily mem­bers tried to stop her from mak­ing a po­lice re­port but her un­cle, a Mr Ncube, phoned Hill­side Po­lice Sta­tion from the UK on Wed­nes­day last week and re­ported the mat­ter.

The woman said her mother suf­fered a mild stroke after she heard the news.

The Chron­i­cle has What­sApp chats for­warded by some fam­ily mem­bers in which one of the rel­a­tives ver­bally at­tacked the vic­tim for let­ting the mat­ter be re­ported. The rel­a­tive ac­cused her of try­ing to de­stroy Mr Mabena’s mar­riage.

In a What­sApp au­dio in The Chron­i­cle’s pos­ses­sion, the woman’s grand­mother is heard cas­ti­gat­ing Mr Ncube for try­ing to push po­lice to act on the mat­ter.

The Chron­i­cle con­tacted Mr Ncube in the UK and he said he smelt a rat.

“I spoke to a cop called Dingilizwe Mpofu. Later he re­fused to give me the case num­ber. Days later, I called, he said the mat­ter had gone to court and Mr Mabena had got a sus­pended five year sen­tence,” said Mr Ncube

The Chron­i­cle could not find a record of the case at the courts.

Mr Ncube said some rel­a­tives had even in­formed the woman’s grand­mother about the al­leged sen­tenc­ing and she said the law had taken its course.

“I find it very strange that the cop would lie. What does he have to gain?” he asked.

“This is­sue has trau­ma­tised my niece. Al­though she is try­ing to be brave and laugh about it, those of us who know her can tell she is un­der a lot of stress.”

Last night, Mr Mabena’s lawyer, Mr Josphat Tshuma, called The Chron­i­cle with a dif­fer­ent story.

“The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice and they in­ves­ti­gated and found no ev­i­dence. It went to court and the area pros­e­cu­tor threw it out due to lack of ev­i­dence,” said Mr Tshuma.

Asked why Mr Mabena had said he was not aware of the mat­ter, he said he had not been aware it had gone that far.

Pressed fur­ther to com­ment on how po­lice and the pros­e­cu­tion could have con­cluded that there was no ev­i­dence with­out speak­ing to Mr Mabena, he said the al­leged as­sailant had de­nied knowl­edge of the story be­cause he had be­come “nat­u­rally de­fen­sive” when The Chron­i­cle called.

“You don’t have the in­ves­tiga­tive ca­pac­ity of the po­lice and pros­e­cu­tion. If they threw the case out, it means it has no merit and if you go on to pub­lish it, it would be out of mal­ice and you can be sued,” said Mr Tshuma.

The area pros­e­cu­tor, Mr Si­mon Nleya last night said the mat­ter had been con­cluded. “It was con­cluded, that is all I can tell you,” he said. Bu­l­awayo Po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango con­firmed po­lice re­ceived a re­port of the in­ci­dent.

“We re­ceived a re­port of a man who al­legedly in­de­cently as­saulted his niece. The mat­ter is now with the ju­di­ciary,” said Insp Si­mango.

Mr Alvord Mabena

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