AN HIV positive Bulawayo businessperson appeared in court yesterday facing charges of allegedly deliberately infecting his girlfriend with the virus.
BY SILAS NKALA
Emmanuel Mguni (38) of Sauerstown suburb in Bulawayo was not asked to plead to the charge when he appeared before Bulawayo regional magistrate Sibongile Marondedze.
He was granted $100 bail and remanded to December 14.
Prosecutor, Robin Mukura told the court that between August and November this year, Mguni and his girlfriend had unprotected sex several times on different occasions.
Mguni allegedly later accused his lover of cheating and infecting him with HIV. On November 14, the lovebirds agreed to undergo HIV testing, but Mguni later reneged after his lover tested negative to HIV.
Sometime last month, Mguni and his girlfriend went for a beer drink in town and the woman took advantage of her boyfriend’s drunkenness to access of his cellphone. She stumbled upon messages on WhatsApp from Mguni’s ex-wife, his brother and a friend implying that he was on antiretroviral therapy.
The messages said Mguni’s ex-wife, who is based in South Africa, has been sending drugs to him. The complainant then confronted Mguni demanding to know what sort of drugs he was taking.
But Mguni allegedly lied to her girlfriend, saying the drugs were for his erectile problem. The woman then reported the matter to the police. On being arrested, Mguni revealed that he was HIV positive.