ZNA soldier gets jail term for child rape


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 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. After committing the crime, the accused left the following morning and was accompanied by his brother to board buses at Mbare Musika.
The crime came to light when the child’s mother noticed her daughter having difficulty walking. The girl spilt the beans and the soldier was tracked down and arrested.
Kanyemba pleaded with the court to give him a lenient sentence on the grounds that he was married and was the sole breadwinner 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 Kanyemba that he had been convicted of a very serious offence.
“You abused the minor aged only six years and threatened her with a knife so that she would not report you. Your intention was to allow the case to die a natural death,” the magistrate said.