The Daily News (Harare)

17 February 2003

Zimbabwe: MD On Indecent Assault Charge

HARARE magistrate Shalton Jura has reserved judgement to Wednesday in a case in which Tichaona Mutyambizi, 41, the managing director of International Freight Services, is facing a charge of indecent assault involving a nine-year-old girl.

Mutyambizi is also facing four counts of rape after he allegedly forced himself on a 13-year-old girl on the same day.

It is the State's case that on 28 April 2001, Mutyambizi allegedly fondled the nine-year-old girl at his birthday party at his home in Kuwadzana.

Prosecutor Amos Chitimbe said Mutyambizi called the minor to his bedroom and started touching her vagina.

The incident came to light after the girl developed pimples on her vagina. Chitimbe said the girl was taken to hospital where she revealed the indecent assault. During the trial last week, Mutyambizi dismissed the allegations as "outrageous and meant to tarnish his image".

"For someone to say I inserted my finger into a nine-year-old's vagina is a wild allegation," he said. "Why didn't she scream when that happened? This is an abuse of our busy judiciary and not an insult to me."

Mutyambizi said the allegations were a plot by the girl's stepmother to frame him. He did not elaborate why she would want to frame him.

Chitimbe dismissed Mutyambizi's defence as baseless. "Mutyambizi should have cross-examined the stepmother on the matter if he was serious about the incriminating theory," Chitimbe said.

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