Man in­fects niece with HIV, an­other com­mits sui­cide

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Manicaland & Mashonaland East News - Ny­ore Madzianike Man­i­ca­land Bureau

A BUHERA man will know his fate to­day when a Rusape mag­is­trate passes judg­ment in a case in which he is ac­cused of rap­ing his 12-year-old niece and in­fect­ing her with HIV virus.

The man, whose name has been with­held to pro­tect the mi­nor, lives in Mu­rairwa Vil­lage un­der Chief Nyashanu.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Tiri­vanhu Mutyasira al­leges that some­time in Septem­ber last year, the 45-year-old man was stay­ing with his niece at his homestead in Mu­rairwa Vil­lage.

It is said on the first day he al­legedly raped his niece, he called the young girl into the bed­room and or­dered her to sweep the room.

Re­ports are that the man then sent an­other rel­a­tive to fetch wa­ter from the bore­hole.

Fur­ther ac­cu­sa­tions are that he then closed the door from in­side and or­dered the Grade 6 pupil to un­dress.

The court heard that the girl re­fused to un­dress, which prompted her un­cle to forciblyy re­move her clothes.

He then al­legedly raped and threat­ened to give the young girl a thor­ough hid­ing in the event that she re­vealed the sex­ual at­tack to any­one.

It is said that the girl later re­vealed the or­deal to a rel­a­tive who failed to take ac­tion out of fear of their un­cle.

The man is also al­leged to have raped his brother’s other 17-year-old daugh­ter af­ter re­turn­ing home drunk.

On the day in ques­tion, he is said to have re­turned from the beer­hall at around 10pm and found his brother’s daugh­ter fast asleep.

Re­ports are that he sneaked into her blan­kets and started ca­ress­ing her.

The court heard that the ac­cused threat­ened to chase her away in the event that she re­sisted his sex­ual ad­vances.

All the sex­ual at­tacks came to light af­ter the 12-year-old niece in­formed her mother about the abuses.

He was then ar­rested and taken to court charged with two counts of rape.

Mean­while, Anesu Kureb­waseka re­ports that a 32- year-old Chi­man­i­mani man, Ed­more Mat­sekete, com­mit­ted sui­cide fol­low­ing pres­sure from peo­ple who al­legedly ac­cused him of rap­ing a 10- year-old girl. Po­lice have con­firmed the in­ci­dent. “The de­ceased per­son was fac­ing ac­cu­sa­tions from fel­low vil­lagers that he raped a 10 year-old girl on Novem­ber 5, in Mukan­gara Vil­lage un­der Chief Mu­tam­bara in Chi­man­i­mani,” said po­lice deputy pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Luck­son Chananda.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion avail­able, said Asst Insp Chananda, the now de­ceased went miss­ing af­ter the al­le­ga­tions and could not be lo­cated, as fel­low vil­lagers tried to reach out to him.

An­other vil­lager, Sa­muel Chakambedzi (62), went to Mat­sekete’s home in search of him.

When he knocked on the door, there was no re­ply and he had to break down the door to gain en­try.

“That is when he found the de­ceased per­son hang­ing from the roof beam of his house, his body al­ready de­com­pos­ing,” added Asst Insp Chananda.

Asst Insp Chananda said that peo­ple should not see death as the ul­ti­mate so­lu­tion to their prob­lems.

“Peo­ple be­lieve that by killing them­selves the prob­lem dis­ap­pears but they should learn to solve con­flicts am­i­ca­bly. In ad­di­tion, peo­ple should not just point fin­gers at some­one with­out con­crete proof,” he added.

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