Boy (14) up for at­tempted mur­der

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A 14-YEAR-OLD boy from Jam­bezi in Hwange district has been charged with five counts of at­tempted mur­der after he set on fire a hut where his two grand­moth­ers and three sib­lings were sleep­ing as pun­ish­ment for not leav­ing him sup­per.

The boy, who is in Form Three at a lo­cal school, com­mit­ted the of­fence after he re­turned home at night and found that his grand­mother had not left him food.

In a fit of anger, the court heard, the boy used a piece of wire to tie the door be­fore set­ting on fire a be­d­room hut where his 86-year-old great grand­mother Mrs Grace Hadebe, grand­mother Ms Ju­dith Hadebe (60), and three mi­nor sib­lings aged be­tween six and nine were sleep­ing.

The ju­ve­nile pleaded guilty to five counts of at­tempted mur­der when he ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Chrispen Mberewere who presided over the case on be­half of res­i­dent re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Col­let Ncube who is on leave.

The boy was how­ever, lucky to es­cape a cus­to­dial sen­tence after the court con­sid­ered that he is a ju­ve­nile and is legally pro­tected from jail life in line with the African Char­ter on chil­dren’s rights.

As such sen­tenc­ing was post­poned for five years as the court noted that a sus­pended sen­tence would be harsh on him. The ju­ve­nile boy will also be taken for coun­sel­ing to re­form him.

His lawyer Ms Joy­line Change had pleaded for the court’s mercy say­ing the ju­ve­nile was do­ing well at school and any form of sen­tence would have trans­formed him into a crim­i­nal.

The lawyer said the boy grew up with­out a fa­ther as he was raised by his mother hence he acted out of emo­tion when he found that his grand­mother had not left food for him. “He wasn’t think­ing straight at that time and a sus­pended sen­tence will be harsh on him,” said Ms Change.

The boy con­curred with his lawyer say­ing he acted out of anger. Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Char­line Murove-Gorerino said the ju­ve­nile com­mit­ted a se­ri­ous of­fence by at­tempt­ing to kill his five rel­a­tives. “On Jan­uary 29 the boy left home at around 11AM go­ing to Chikan­dakubi about 5km away to get school notes from his class­mates. He re­turned at 9PM when ev­ery­one was asleep and found that there was no food left for him.

“The ac­cused went to the be­d­room hut where his great grand­mother, grand­mother and three sib­lings were sleep­ing and used a wire to fas­ten the door be­fore set­ting the hut on fire,” said Mrs Murove-Gorerino.

She said the boy’s grand­mother was awak­ened by the smell of smoke. The grand­mother dis­cov­ered that the hut was on fire and woke the oth­ers be­fore break­ing down the door. — @ ncubeleon WOMEN now have one more HIV preven­tion method, a dapiriv­ine vagi­nal ring which has been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to re­duce the risk of HIV.

One of the clin­i­cal tri­als which led to that con­clu­sion was car­ried out in Zim­babwe where it was proven that the ring is more than 60 per­cent ef­fec­tive in pre­vent­ing HIV.

Dubbed the ASPIRE, the clin­i­cal study con­ducted in three other coun­tries en­rolled more than 4 500 women aged be­tween 18-45.

In an in­ter­view, one of the In­ter­na­tional HIV Re­search for Preven­tion Con­fer­ence chair­per­sons, Dr Nyaradzo Mm­godi, said the vagi­nal ring is the an­swer to women who strug­gle with ad­her­ing to oral pre-ex­po­sure pro­phy­laxis (PrEP). “We have only recorded 3 500 women who have ac­cessed the oral PrEP which can be ad­dressed by mak­ing it more ac­ces­si­ble. How­ever, we are now work­ing on avail­ing the long term meth­ods like the ring which has been proved to be 60 per­cent ef­fec­tive in one of the stud­ies in Zim­babwe,” said Dr Mm­godi.

She said the global net­works are work­ing on var­i­ous preven­tion meth­ods so that women have a choice from a wide se­lec­tion of tools.

“We have just fin­ished the HOPE study which looked at the vagi­nal ring and ended on Oc­to­ber 10. We are hop­ing results will be out in March next year. We al­ready have in­terim results that show the vagi­nal ring when worn for a month can re­duce the risk by at least 60 per­cent and we know it can go even higher when women use it,” Dr Mm­godi said.

She said given the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly global tar­get of less than 500 000 new HIV in­fec­tions an­nu­ally, highly bur­dened coun­tries like Zim­babwe still had a long way to go. “So the ap­pli­ca­tion by the In­ter­na­tional Part­ner­ships for Mi­cro­bi­cides is still un­der re­view by the Euro­pean Medicines Author­ity to see if we can roll out the vagi­nal ring. If they give a pos­i­tive opin­ion then an ap­pli­ca­tion will be sent to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion for the pre­qual­i­fi­ca­tion process,” said Dr Mm­godi.

The dapiriv­ine ring is sim­i­lar to vagi­nal rings com­monly used for con­tra­cep­tion ex­cept that it con­tains an ARV drug - dapiriv­ine in­stead.

Dapiriv­ine be­longs to a class of ARVs that pre­vent HIV from mak­ing copies of it­self and the ring is made of flex­i­ble ma­te­rial which sits high inside the vagina where it slowly re­leases the drug over a course of the month the ring is worn. “No one HIV preven­tion method will suit ev­ery­one and at all times and as with con­tra­cep­tion, the more HIV preven­tion op­tions avail­able for women, the more likely one will be used,” said the Mi­cro­bi­cide Tri­als Net­work (MTN).

The ring was found to be well tol­er­ated and to re­duce the risk.

Ac­cord­ing to the MTN, data anal­y­sis of the HOPE study also known as the ASPIRE found no link be­tween the dapiriv­ine ring and cer­vi­cal can­cer as feared by most women. Re­searchers said the in­for­ma­tion should help ad­dress any con­cerns about the ring and help com­mu­ni­ties un­der­stand that it is an im­por­tant HIV preven­tion method.

“Our find­ings sug­gest that use of the dapiriv­ine vagi­nal ring over a two-year pe­riod is not as­so­ci­ated with the de­vel­op­ment of ab­nor­mal­i­ties in cer­vi­cal cells that could lead to can­cer,” said Mr Kr­ish­naveni Reddy from MTN.

So far, mem­bers of the pub­lic can choose from eight HIV preven­tion meth­ods which have been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to re­duce risk.

Th­ese in­clude treat­ment as preven­tion, a process where HIV pos­i­tive peo­ple are treated with anti retro­vi­ral med­i­ca­tion which upon sup­press­ing the vi­ral load makes it dif­fi­cult for one to trans­mit HIV.

Other op­tions in­clude con­doms, ART, oral PrEP, ab­sti­nence, vol­un­tary med­i­cal male cir­cum­ci­sion, HIV test­ing and coun­selling. — @thamamoe BU­L­AWAYO busi­ness­man Ori­cious Moyo, who al­legedly shot his lover’s hus­band re­sult­ing in his death, has ap­proached the High Court seek­ing re­lax­ation of his bail con­di­tions.

Moyo al­legedly shot and in­jured Tawanda “MaPecca” Moyo, a for­mer mem­ber of Siyaya Arts Group, who later suc­cumbed to the gun­shot wounds in hos­pi­tal.

He was ini­tially charged with at­tempted mur­der and now is facing mur­der charges after Tawanda died last Septem­ber.

Moyo, who is out of cus­tody on $2 000 bail granted by the Supreme Court, through his lawyer, Mr Robert Ndlovu of R Ndlovu and Com­pany, filed a cham­ber ap­pli­ca­tion at the Bu­l­awayo High Court yes­ter­day seek­ing vari­a­tion of bail con­di­tions.

In his found­ing af­fi­davit, Moyo wants an or­der for the re­moval of the con­di­tion re­quir­ing him to sur­ren­der his pass­port, ar­gu­ing that he is a busi­ness­man whose busi­ness re­quires him to un­der­take rou­tine cross bor­der trans­porta­tion.

“The present ap­pli­ca­tion re­lates to clause 2.2 of the court or­der re­quir­ing me to sur­ren­der my pass­port to the Regis­trar of the High Court, Bu­l­awayo. This ap­pli­ca­tion is made in terms of Rule 5 of this court’s bail rules as read with sec­tion 116 of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure and Ev­i­dence Act.

“I am seek­ing to have the court or­der var­ied by the re­moval of that con­di­tion on the ba­sis that I am a busi­ness­man who runs fast foods out­lets and su­per­mar­kets in Bu­l­awayo and I un­der­take cross bor­der trans­porta­tion,” he said.

Moyo said the busi­ness ne­ces­si­tates cross bor­der trav­el­ling to mon­i­tor as well as se­cure stock.

“The re­quire­ment for cross bor­der trav­el­ling is crit­i­cal in the busi­ness to such an ex­tent that fail­ure to un­der­take such pe­ri­odic trav­els has dire ef­fects on the busi­ness. It is nec­es­sary that I make pe­ri­odic cross bor­der trips to se­cure clients and busi­ness deals since the base of the op­er­a­tions is in Jo­han­nes­burg,” he said.

Moyo fur­ther con­tended that if granted the or­der he would not ab­scond.

“I have no in­ten­tions of flee­ing the ju­ris­dic­tion after be­ing given the pass­port. Even after my re­lease on bail, I have re­mained within the ju­ris­dic­tion and I have strictly ad­hered to the bail con­di­tions set out in the court or­der. I am also a mar­ried man who has a fam­ily in Zim­babwe and I have an obli­ga­tion to sup­port them and I sub­mit that the vari­a­tion will not prej­u­dice the in­ter­ests of the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the bail con­di­tions, Moyo was or­dered to sur­ren­der his pass­port and re­side at his res­i­dence in Em­gan­wini sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo un­til the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the mat­ter. He was also or­dered not to in­ter­fere with wit­nesses or in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The State, which was cited as the re­spon­dent, has not yet re­sponded to Moyo’s ap­pli­ca­tion.

The court heard that on July 25 at around 10PM, Ori­cious parked his mo­tor ve­hi­cle at his res­i­dence wait­ing for the gate to be opened.

He was in the com­pany of Tawanda’s wife, Jac­que­line Moyo, with whom he was al­legedly hav­ing an ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair. Jac­que­line is also an em­ployee at Fish and Chicken City owned by Ori­cious. While still parked at the gate, the now de­ceased con­fronted the pair and en­quired about their re­la­tion­ship, the court heard.

At that mo­ment Ori­cious started his car in an at­tempt to flee but Tawanda clung to the front pas­sen­ger’s door. This prompted Ori­cious to pro­duce a pis­tol and al­legedly shot Tawanda once on the right side of the ribcage. Tawanda fell to the ground and the two who were still in the car sped off.

Ori­cious later re­ported the in­ci­dent to the po­lice ac­cus­ing Tawanda of try­ing to rob him. Po­lice at­tended the scene and sum­moned an ambulance which rushed Tawanda to Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal.

On Au­gust 28, an op­er­a­tion was con­ducted on Tawanda who still had a bul­let lodged in his body near the spinal cord.

After the op­er­a­tion, Tawanda’s con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated and he was trans­ferred to the In­ten­sive Care Unit where he died the fol­low­ing day. Tawanda’s post-mortem re­port shows that he died due to sep­tic shock, sep­tic lac­er­a­tion, gun­shot wounds and as­sault. — @mash­nets

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