Man (43) in court for rape

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Big Read/national News - Mashudu Mambo Sun­day News Re­porter Clin­ton Moyo Sun­day News Re­porter

A 43-YEAR-OLD man from Mangwe has ap­peared in court for al­legedly rap­ing a 16-year-old girl who had turned down his love pro­posal af­ter he had bought her $1 air­time and in­stalled What­sApp on her mo­bile phone.

Buhe Sibanda of Mashon­g­wana North Vil­lage un­der Chief Tshit­shi in Mpho­engs, Mata­bele­land South ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Joseph Mabeza fac­ing a charge of rape last week. He was re­manded in cus­tody to Tues­day for trail.

For the State, Mr Ti­nashe Dzipe told the court that on 4 June, Sibanda pro­posed love to the girl but she de­clined.

On 9 June he sent her $1 air­time so that she could recharge her phone and down­load What­sApp. When she failed to down­load the ap­pli­ca­tion, Sibanda then came and in­stalled the ap­pli­ca­tion for her.

At around 9pm on the same day, the girl went to bed with her boyfriend. At around 10pm Sibanda came and knocked at the door while they were asleep. How­ever, the girl re­fused to let him en­ter say­ing that her boyfriend was around.

Sibanda then forcibly en­tered the room and threat­ened to as­sault the com­plainant’s boyfriend and chased him away.

He then de­manded sex from the girl and threat­ened to as­sault her with a sjam­bok if she screamed.

Sibanda then raped the com­plainant once and left. On 26 June, Sibanda wrote a let­ter to the ju­ve­nile who showed her mother be­fore telling her she was raped.

A re­port was made to the po­lice lead­ing to the ar­rest of Sibanda. A med­i­cal re­port can be pro­duced as ev­i­dence. FOR­MER Zim­babwe Peo­ple’s Revo­lu­tion­ary Army (Zipra) sol­dier Mof­fat Hadebe has said he wishes his body be used for bi­ol­ogy learn­ing pur­poses once he dies.

Nar­rat­ing his con­tri­bu­tion to the armed strug­gle at Maphisa in Mata­bele­land South re­cently, Cde Hadebe who is now 80 years old claimed the first gun to be fired against the white regime was at Zidube Ranch in Maphisa around Septem­ber 23 in 1964 where he and other five Zipra sol­diers were com­manded to kill then Bu­l­awayo Chief Mag­is­trate, Mr Fran­cis Farewell Roberts. There have been var­i­ous nar­ra­tives re­gard­ing the first gun fire for the Sec­ond Umvukela/Chimurenga.

“We came in straight from Zam­bia to Zim­babwe and our mis­sion was to kill Bu­l­awayo Chief Mag­is­trate Mr Fran­cis Farewell Roberts who was sign­ing peo­ple into de­ten­tion. We were the first group to come in with guns from train­ing from the Zipra side. There were six of us. It was Kay Nkala, Mof­fat Hadebe, El­liot Ng­wabi, Rhodes Mal­aba, Roger Machi­mini Ncube and Is­rael Maduna,” said Cde Hadebe.

He added that the mis­sion failed be­cause they were ill in­formed by their spies.

“When we planned our at­tack we were never told that there were dogs where the mag­is­trate was. This is be­cause the spies would come in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon when the dogs were not in the farm and our in­tel­li­gence never took no­tice of them. So we came in the evening and we sur­rounded the house. I was by the gate while Ng­wabi was near the wa­ter tank while Kay Nkala was stand­ing on the east of the ranch. Once Mrs Robert­son came out of the house we opened fire, I was us­ing a pis­tol,” he said. Mrs Robert­son ran into his house while let­ting her four dogs loose.

“Those dogs were very big and we started fo­cus­ing on shoot­ing the dogs, we killed three of them,” said Cde Hadebe, who added that they failed to kill Mr Roberts and his fam­ily who had gone back into the house.

Cde Hadebe, Ng­wabi and Nkala were later cap­tured by the po­lice in Jan­uary 1965 in one of the Hills in Kezi where they were hid­ing and taken to Khami Prison. In prison they started plan­ning their grand es­cape with the help of black guards.

“We man­aged to cut the iron sheets. Since I was the tallest, I had to go last while every­one had to climb on top of me and then they pulled me by the hands,” Cde Hadebe said.

The three com­rades man­aged to es­cape from prison to­gether with another com­rade, Clark Mpofu who they had met in prison.

“There were only four of us. There was Mof­fat

Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil resur­fac­ing a sec­tion of Lu­veve Road in Mzi­likazi yes­ter­day. This is part of BCC ef­forts to im­prove the city roads ahead of the rain sea­son

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