A Harare woman who was allegedly raped and impregnated by her father when she was 14-years-old in 2010 suffered double tragedy after she was also raped by her grandfather three years later, who claimed an inducement for him not to report an incest case to the police.
The woman is now 20-years-old and her father is on the run after one of her brothers reported the abuse to the police through the suggestion box.The grandfather (70) was arrested and appeared before Mr Tendai Mahwe who remanded him in custody with instructions to apply for bail at the High Court.When she was raped by her father, the woman, now aged 20, reported the abuse to a relative and the matter was “solved” at family level without involving the police.
The grandfather, it is alleged, called her inside the house and ordered her to sit on the bed.
The accused who was also sitting on the bed, reminded the complainant how she had been raped and impregnated by her father who is his son in 2010.
He then requested to have sexual intercourse with her saying it was a way of buying his silence. He said the only way to silence him was to have sexual intercourse with her or else he was going to report an incest case to the police against her and her father.
The complainant was holding her baby and was told to let him go outside and play.
According to the State, out of fear, the complainant gave in and her grandfather raped her.
The complainant later ran away from home and went to stay with her aunt in the same neighbourhood, before moving to Hopley in Harare where she stayed with her brother.
She then told her brothers what had happened and they approached the accused person demanding an explanation.
The accused pleaded with the complainant’s brothers not to report the matter to the police.
However, one of them reported the matter to the police through the suggestion box.