A policeman and a prison officer based at Chivi Growth Point have been arrested after they allegedly took turns to be int*mate with a 14-year-old girl. The two had sex with the minor on separate occasions in return for freedom from performing community service at Chivi Rural District Council offices for unlawful entry. Henry Washaya (27), who is based at Chivi Police Station and a Zimbabwe Prisons Service officer based at Chivi Satellite Prison, Benson Muderedzwa (25), have since appeared in court facing charges of indulging in sexual intercourse with a minor. They were not asked to plead when they appeared before Chivi resident magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo last Friday.
The two, who were represented by Mr Collins Maboke of Ruvengo and Partners, were remanded in custody to tomorrow when they are expected to apply for bail. Allegations against the pair are that sometime this month they separately approached the 14-year-old girl while she was doing community service for unlawful entry at the Chivi Rural District Council offices. The State alleges that Washaya and Muderedzwa proposed love to the girl and coaxed her into being int*mate with them on separate occasions after promising to shield her from completing the unpaid work. The girl allegedly was int*mate with the accused persons on several occasions and stopped performing the community service at the council offices.
An investigation to establish why the girl was no longer doing her community service allegedly revealed that Washaya and Muderedzwa had told her to stop working in return for s*x.
A report was made to police leading to the two’s arrest.
Mr Nixon Chamisa appeared for the State.
Meanwhile, a soldier who lashed a fellow villager with a whip following a misunderstanding over grazing land in Muteweyi Village in Seke has been sentenced to 10 months in jail.
Knowledge Jonga of Muteweyi Village denied two counts of assault when he appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Mr Lazarus Murendo. Mr Murendo sentenced him to 16 months in prison but conditionally set aside six months for five years on condition he does not commit an offence of a similar nature.
Prosecutor Mr Edmond Ndambakuwa told the court that on July 31 this year at around 3pm at Muteweyi Village, Seke, John Muteveri (21) was herding cattle in the grazing land. The court heard that Jonga confronted Muteveri and ordered him to move from the grazing land claiming that it belonged to him.
Jonga went on to accuse Muteveri’s herd of disrupting his harvest.
Trouble started when Muteveri tried to defend himself which did not go down well with Jonga. Jonga seized a whip from Muteveri and started lashing him.
As if that was not enough, Jonga picked up a wooden log which he used to assault Muteveri.
He only stopped assaulting Muteveri on realising that he was not retaliating. Muteveri sustained injuries on the hands and back as a result of the assault and the matter was reported to the police leading to his arrest.