The Herald (Harare)

8 October 2010

Zimbabwe: Chihuri Warns Women Rapists

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Suspected female rapists

Harare — Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri says the force is still trying to establish the motive behind the increase in the number of cases of women gang-raping men.

Since 2009, more than eight such cases have been reported countrywide. No arrests have been made.

Said Comm-Gen Chihuri: "Women seem to be fast overtaking men. We now have a few men going to the police stations reporting such cases. I don't know why and maybe as time goes on we will know why," he said.

The police chief warned that the law would deal with anyone who failed to respect it.

"Let me warn all social miscreants who have taken it upon themselves to soil the country's social fabric, cultural norms and values by perpetrating abominable and weird activities of women sexually molesting men, sometimes at gunpoint and those that have hogged the lime light by engaging in shocking incestuous relations, to stop the practices forthwith.

"Those found on the wrong side of the law will be professionally dealt with accordingly without fear or favour," Comm-Gen Chihuri said. Last Friday, a 26-year-old man became the latest victim in a string of sexual assaults by gangs of women on men.

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena yesterday said the man was not a policeman as earlier reported.

Meanwhile, Comm-Gen Chihuri yesterday debriefed five returning peacekeepers from United Nations missions in East Timor, Liberia and Sudan.

They are Superintendent Wengai Vincent Kambanga, Inspector Chrispen Paul Mawone, Insp Taurai Cazbeth Tapedzanyika, Detective Beauty Bhowa and Sergeant Prosper Chinyani. Forty-eight other officers will soon leave for missions in Liberia and Sudan.

Comm-Gen Chihuri said the officers were doing the force and the country proud by continuously raising high the flag.

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