The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has expressed concern over the high number of rape cases in Mrewa district with some men in the area said to be blaming the abundance of the masau fruit for their evil deeds.

Imagine one blaming the masau fruit for raping a minor, that is one of the craziest reasons that can be given for such evil deeds.

However for men in Mrewa police district which covers, Mrewa, Mtoko, UMP and Mudzi that is one of the excuses they give for the high cases of rape.

Assistant Commissioner Operations, Simon Mwatsikesimbe told the parliamentary portfolio committee on defence, home affairs and security during a recent visit to Mashonaland East that rape especially of juveniles is a cause for concern in Mrewa district with some men blaming masau fruit for arousing their sexual appetite.

Mrewa police district recorded 79 cases of rape involving juveniles and 11 adults from the 1st of January to the 31st of May this year.

Marondera district had 58 cases of juveniles raped while 15 adults were abused in a similar manner while Chivhu recorded 39 juveniles and 6 adult rape cases.