11 September 2018

Zimbabwe: Gay Man Denies Touching Woman's Privates, Says Only Attracted to Men

A gay Harare man, who was dragged to court on allegations of ambushing and grabbing a woman's privates, told court officials on Monday he was being framed as his sexual orientation placed him far from any affection towards people of the opposite sex.

Musawenkosi Maparara (23), who was bold enough to tell court officials he was gay, appeared before a Harare magistrate facing indecent assault charges.

He was released on free bail and was not asked to plead.

Maparara said moments before he appeared in court that his sexual desires were in fact on other men as opposed to women.

"I did not touch her. Why would I touch you when I'm not even interested in women? My interests are with men; so I wouldn't dare lay a finger on you because I'm gay," he said.

To buttress his defence, Maparara went on to tell the officials he was in fact a good beauty therapist who could perform flawless pedicure and manicure among other feminine skills.

The complainant in the matter is a 25-year-old Mbare woman.

Court heard the incident occurred on September 8 this year at corner Robson Manyika and Julius Nyerere way in Harare's CBD.

According to the State, the woman was looking for transport to take her home when Maparara suddenly emerged and went on to grab her breasts and buttocks.

The woman realised she had in fact met Maparara earlier on the day at Ligi bar in the city centre.

However, some reports say the two had a confrontation earlier on and that the complainant insulted Maparara calling him "ngochani" (gay).

She then reported the case leading to Maparara's arrest.

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