Terrence Mawawa, Chiredzi| In a callous act that has shaken the local community, a local man raped his daughter and infected her with the deadly HIV Virus.
The 43-year- old man, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, is from Tarusenga Village, under Chief Nyajena, Masvingo District.
The man appeared before Chiredzi Magistrate Judith Zuyu facing rape charges last week.
According to State Prosecutor, Moreblesing Rusere, the man abused his daughter from 2007 to 2016. The case was only reported in July 2016.
The complainant (the man’s daughter) said the first time she was raped, her dad entered her room while she was doing her homework. He fondled her breasts and sexually abused her.
“On the second occasion my father asked me to accompany him to a nearby mountain to fetch some firewood. My father then told me he wanted to have sex with me and he proceeded to abuse me,” she said.
The man also allegedly ordered his daughter not to disclose the matter and he also threatened to kill her.
The matter came to light when the girl became pregnant. She was taken to hospital where she tested HIV positive.
This then led to a serious misunderstanding with her husband since she got married after being abused by her father.
She later disclosed her father had sexually abused her. The matter was reported to the police and the man was arrested.
Magistrate Zuyu sentenced the man to 20 years in jail.