18 months for raping teenager


A 20-YEAR-OLD Harare man who forced himself on a 15-year-old girl who was his neighbour learnt the hard way that crime does not pay after he was on Monday slapped with an effective 18 months’ prison sentence by Harare regional magistrate Adonia Masawi.


Gaylord Chigwaza was convicted for contravening section 70 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act which makes rape a criminal offence.

Chigwaza was initially sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, but six months of the sentence were suspended for five years on condition that he does not commit an offence of a similar nature.

In his judgment, Masawi noted that the accused had sexual intercourse with the 15–year–old complainant knowing fully well that she was a minor as she was a Form 1 pupil.

He also observed that the case was aggravated by the fact that Chigwaza was a married man who has a child hence he did not have “to seek sexual favours from under–age girls”.

The accused and the complainant reside in the same neighbourhood in Waterfalls. The court heard that some time in March 2013, the complainant was on her way home from the shops when she heard footsteps behind her. On looking back, she saw Chigwaza trailing her.

He then grabbed her by the shoulders and pulled her into a nearby unfinished house where he pushed her down on her back and muffled her with a piece of cloth before removing her clothes and raping her. When he was through, he threatened to assault her if she reported the matter to anyone before leaving her behind.

The matter surfaced when Chigwaza’s wife confronted the complainant and accused her of having an affair with her husband.

The complainant then told her mother’s friend about the issue. The matter was then reported to the police leading to the arrest of the accused person.


  1. The type of ZANU(PF) Police investigations. Same old story is repeated about rape cases. It looks like there is a script already prepared for victims of rape to narrate . It goes like this “he threatened the girl with a knife and rape her xxx times before giving her money and telling her not to report to anyone. The issue only came to light when the wife confronted the girl accusing her of infidelity”. My question to the Police is, if this guy only raped the girl once by force, then how would his wife confront her of dating her husband? By the wife confronting the girl it means its something that has been going on for some time. Why does the Police not just say that this is statutory rape which is still a crime under our laws? This married man was dating a 15 year old girl period but when these young girls are caught then they start the chicken and egg stories. In any case have the same Police ever visited Johanne Marange Apostolic Church where these things are common with 80 year olds marrying 15 year olds? I am sure Matibili may also have been offered his share when he pretended to be one of their own.

  2. The full facts of the case were not disclosed by the reporter. He relied on a typed Outline of State Case. Unlike the likes of the late Paul Nkala, the new crop of journos are too lazy to attend court sessions!

  3. Its just a stupid reporter who is very ignorant of the laws regarding raping. The editor should also take blame for this shabby article.

  4. the reporter did not disclose the full facts of the case.this should be statutory rape.the editor should be reprimanded for this shoddy job.

  5. Every thng in Zimbabwe is lagging behind or below standard.this kind of reporting is expected from a form 3 pupil. And to get this in one of the leading daily newspapers boggles the mind .the editor and the reporter both need to go bck to school and learn wht reporting is all about nt matakanyanya anyorwa pano.Trevor Ncube u need to hire a sharp editor in chief cos this doesn’t cut it

  6. Too lenient a sentence, the man must languish and die in prison. This rapist activities are synonymous with MDC supporters, we talk of obviosity.

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