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‘Gay couple’ fined $100 for false accusation


TWO men landed themselves in trouble after they gave false statements to the police alleging to be a gay couple.

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Martin Tshuma (40) from Kuwadzana 3 and Misheck Mupinga(28) from Unit M, Seke, appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Lazarus Murendo on Thursday facing charges of deliberately supplying false information to the public authority.

Prosecutor Edmund Ndambakuwa told the court that on September 30 this year, Mapinga and Tshuma had their statements recorded at the police station indicating that the two had been “lovers” for the past year.

This was revealed after Mupinga had approached the police alleging that his friend Tshuma had sodomised him.

In his statement, Tshuma said: “We used to have anal sexual intercourse on Saturdays since he was committed at work during the week. I took Mapinga as my wife and I bought him some clothes, food, cellphones and a fridge

“In April 2014 we went to Mutare for a holiday as lovers and we enjoyed and had sex two times before proceeding to Birchenough Bridge,” he said.
Tshuma is currently on separation with his wife.

Statements were recorded from both of them separately and they confirmed that they were lovers.

However, on October 1 the pair changed their statements saying they wanted to fix each other by filing false reports.

Mupinga, who separated with his two wives, told magistrate Murendo that he made the false report because his friend wanted to take away his fridge.

“Tshuma is my friend and he helped me to buy my fridge, but on September 30 he came and suggested that we should sell the fridge to pay his debt.

“I locked him inside the house and ran to the police to report that he had sodomised me in a bid to fix him. I lied to them and we are not lovers,” he said trying to justify his actions. Tshuma also denied ever being in a relationship with his friend. The pair was fined $100 each or risk one month in prison.

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