Soldier jailed for raping minor


A Zimbabwe National Army soldier Saine Kanyemba was this week slapped with a 16-year jail term for raping a six-year old girl.
Three years of the sentence were suspended on condition that Kanyemba did not commit an offence of a sexual nature in the next four years. Saine Kanyemba a member of the 21 Infantry Battalion denied the charges but was found guilty by Regional Magistrate Daniel Shonhiwa who found overwhelming evidence that Kanyemba had raped the minor at his brother’s home in Waterfalls two years ago.
According to the state case, Kanyemba invited the girl into his brother’s room where he abused her while threatening her with a knife. Kanyemba pleaded with the court to give him a lenient sentence on the grounds that he was married and was the sole bread winner for his family but the magistrate did not think he deserved compassion.
“If you wanted to quench your sexual desires you should have approached sex workers rather than expose minors to the dangers of HIV,” magistrate Shonhiwa said.
The court reminded him that he had been convicted of a very serious offence.