A 63 YEAR-OLD man from Zimunya in Manicaland has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for raping a four year-old child.
Elia Zambuko from Magondhlo village under Chief Zimunya was convicted after pleading guilty to rape charges when he appeared before magistrate Alex Shumba last week.
Zambuko will however serve 16 years after two years were suspended with conditions.
According to prosecutor, Mike Tembo, on December 26 last year, Zambuko met the girl who was in the company of her brothers aged 12 and seven years near Gondo Village.
The court heard that the siblings had gone to Sakubva River for fishing when they met Zambuko who was herding his donkeys along the river.
"Zambuko called the girl to the place where he was sitting while his brothers proceeded to the river," said Tembo.
Zambuko then dragged the girl to a secluded place where he raped her once.
The girl is reported to have screamed but her brothers did not hear her plea for help.
Zambuko later released the girl after warning her against revealing what had happened.
The minor however told her brothers who later informed their mother. The case was reported at Kuhudzai Police Base, leading to Zambuko's arrest.