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by Courtney Matende, Midlands Reporter 29/05/19

Police in Shurugwi have arrested a couple that allegedly kidnapped a 14-year-old girl before the wife assisted her husband to rape the minor. The couple gave the girl 50 cents and wild fruits to buy her silence. Daniso Sibanda (52) and Vongai Hunwe (28) of Ruzive village under Chief Banga in Shurugwi appeared before Gweru regional magistrate Mrs Phatekhile Msipa facing rape charges.nIt is alleged that the couple lured the girl to their homestead under the pretext that they wanted to give her wild fruits. The couple ordered the complainant to get into their bedroom hut but she refused. It is alleged that the couple dragged her to the bedroom where Sibanda demanded sex. Sibanda immediately undressed while Hunwe was holding her. The two threatened her with unspecified action if she screamed for help. The couple then gave the complainant 50c and some wild fruits in an attempt to buy her silence. However, the complainant reported the matter to a neighbor who then accompanied her to the police where a report was made leading to the couple’s arrest.