Mathew Rusike staffers accused of abusing students

A 31-YEAR-OLD Mathew Rusike Children’s Home teacher, Samuel Sigauke, appeared before a Harare magistrate yesterday charged with indecent assault after he allegedly rubbed his manhood on the buttocks of one of his students.


Sigauke, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, appeared before magistrate Tilda Mazhande and was remanded out of custody on $50 bail.

It is the State’s case that the complainant (17) went to Sigauke’s office together with her friends to get past examination question papers.

The State alleges Sigauke gave them the papers and ordered the complainant to remain behind and she complied. It is alleged Sigauke requested for a kiss from the complainant, but she told him that she regarded him as a parent, therefore, she could not kiss him.

Sigauke allegedly ordered the complainant to retrieve past examination papers on the wall. It is alleged when the complainant turned her back, Sigauke approached her from behind and started pressing his manhood against the girl’s back.

The complainant escaped and told her friends who then reported the matter to the headmistress and a police report was made, leading to his arrest. ads Ads

Meanwhile, Mathew Rusike Children’s Home chaplain Clive Chikono (40) is also expected to appear in court on summons on allegations of raping one of the students. It is the State’s case that sometime in December last year Chikono summoned the complainant to his office.

While the complainant was in Chikono’s office, he asked her to give him a “Christmas present” and ordered her to come closer and she complied. It is alleged Chikono then removed the complainant’s clothes and raped her once without protection. After the abuse, Chikono allegedly gave the complainant a box of potato chips and ordered her not to reveal the abuse.

The complainant later revealed the abuse to one of the caregivers, who then reported the matter to the police, leading to Chikono’s arrest.

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  1. Taylor Nyanhete

    A Residential Care Institution is supposed to provide the best care to children placed under there care by government because they are already vulnerable to be placed at the institutions. When stories of abuse surface from these institution it gives sad reading to all of us. Who then will provide a safe environment for children? The question begs for an answer. The solution is for government to make the criteria for employment in residential care difficult for any child molesters to be employed in these institutions. Make the channels of communication as safe as possible so that children continue to report. Engage those running these institutions to find solutions that give maximum protection to these institutions.

  2. Zimbabwe should now have a register for sex offenders

  3. Comment…l am from Matthew Rusike an l believe that the allegations against sigauke could and l repeat could be false. not to say the chil is a liar or at fault but he has a history of retaliating in rather odd ways againt authorities.

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