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Girl (10) raped by Madzibaba (65) receiving counselling

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Simbarashe Mtembo
MIRROR REPORTER


CHIREDZI-Masvingo Provincial Welfare Officer Stanislaus Sanyangowe has said that the 10-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by a 65-year-old Johanne Marange apostolic sect member and his wife is receiving counselling at a safe-house.
He said the minor (name withheld) is also receiving other psychosocial support services.
The girl was allegedly raped by Never Muzorora and his first wife who allegedly pinned her down while Muzorora raped her.
The girl is Muzorora’s first wife’s niece. The wife allegedly brought her niece from Bocha, Mutare to be her husband’s seventh wife
The couple is currently in remand prison and will be back at Chiredzi Regional Magistrates Court on June 23, 2023.
“The girl is staying at a safe-house where she is receiving counselling and other psychosocial support services. I cannot disclose which safe-house she is being kept at,” said Sanyangowe in a telephone interview.
Childline communications and advocacy officer Hillary Nhetekwa said the Department of Social Welfare is taking lead on the case and referred questions to the department.
“Thank you for considering us to take part in this interview. May I kindly suggest that you get in touch with the Social Welfare to take lead,” said Nhetekwa in an email sent to The Mirror.
Muzorora and his wife were arrested on May 14, 2023, after a medical examination proved that the girl was penetrated.
Muzorora and his wife had initially sent the girl back to Bocha when a taskforce comprising Police, Social Welfare and Childline began investigating the matter.
The investigations began after a picture of Muzorora holding the girl’s hand awkwardly went viral on social media.
The girl was found in Bocha and sent for medical examinations leading to the arrest of the couple.

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