sandra muyambo.jpgBy Sandra Muyambo


“And the Lord said, because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is grievous, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it which has come unto me and if not I will know.” – Genesis 18 v 20-21.


This is not meant to be one of those long sermons on morality for I am not good at it. But sometimes, it is difficult to ignore this powerful Holy Book. The more you read the Bible, the more you discover that the human heart does not change, contrary to the mistaken belief that technological advancement can change people’s morality.


Indeed, if there is any change of heart that has resulted from technology, most of it is negative, for today the world has witnessed so much perversion through the internet that has led to untold viles being perpetrated in the name of freedom of expression, conscience and sexuality. Gang rape, incest, bestiality and any other related form of sexual perversions have all been mirrored as ‘cool’ and ‘acceptable’ through the world wide web.


The twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are ancient evil cities. Of the two cities, it is Sodom which has stolen the thunder of being infamous from Gomorrah, probably for its unprecedented perverted move by its citizens to attempt to ‘sodomise’ God’s angels.


The sin or crime of mankind forcing another man to engage in sexual intercourse became known as Sodomy after the infamous ancient city. But were the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah only known for the sin of sodomy?


The insight into the matter can be found in the words of Lot “Behold now, I have two daughters  which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you and do ye them as is good in your eyes….” 

There were several men outside Lot’s house who were pressing to get into the house to sodomize God’s angels and Lot offered them two virgin girls to be gang raped. Of course, the men of the city refused, not that they did not want the virgin girls, but because sodomizing God’s angels appeared more attractive to them. Lot knew that gang raping was being practiced in the city, but the problem is that he offered his two daughters to the men from Sodom (who preferred Sodomy) instead of the men of Gomorrah (whose special experience was gang rape and ritual rape).


Every form of sexual immorality – be it fornication, adultery, incest or bestiality was there in Gomorrah, but were these pervasions also burnt when God rained fire to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? Certainly not, for the pervasions are still with us in modern day Zimbabwe.


raped girl crying.jpgThe name Talent Ngaanake invokes scary memories in everyone who knows her story. In a bizarre incident that left many people tight-lipped and horror-stricken, the 8-year old girl was kidnapped by four men who allegedly took turns to rape her before they killed her. While this might look like a horror movie script or possibly might have only suited the ancient Gomorrah, the horrific scene actually took place in Harare.


Zimbabweans can no longer afford the silence while innocent girls are being sent to the guillotine. On Monday the 16th of August 2010, a 41-year old Harare man, Edison Chitukutuku was  sentenced to an effective 12 years in prison for raping a 13-year old girl. Harare magistrate, Mr. Daniel Shonhiwa initially sentenced Chitukutuku to 16 years, but suspended four years.


On the same day at the same court, a 24-year old Murehwa man, Tinashe Takavadini Chikupo appeared before another magistrate facing charges of raping a 7-year old girl. Prosecutor Mrs. Valerie Kativhu Ngoma alleged that from 2008 to 2009 Chikupo on several occasions raped the minor and did obscene things with the 7-year old. Also at the Harare magistrate’s court was the case of a 36-year old Chishawasha man, Douglas Jera who raped his 5-year old step daughter. It is the state’s case that Jera chased away his wife after a quarrel and raped the complainant on the day he chased away his wife.


On Thursday the 19th of August 2010, The Herald carried a shocking story of a nine year old who was raped by 17 men. The alleged abuse came to light in January when the girl started staying with her father and stepmother in Harare.


The girl stunned her stepmother when she revealed she was used to a life of drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco and having sex.


Four men, one of them her uncle, were arraigned before Marondera Regional Magistrate, Ms Gladys Pise on Wednesday the 18th in connection with the matter.


The girl’s grandmother and aunt were also arrested and appeared in court on Thursday. Two other men will follow them to court for allegedly raping the minor and the net is closing in on the remaining 11 she named.


Luckmore Shekede (34) and Forbes Kwanai (44) of Mahusekwa were not asked to plead and were remanded in custody to September 6 for trial. Her 29-year-old uncle and Douglas Garikayi (24) also appeared before the same court and pleaded not guilty to rape.


These are just a few of the cases which dominate the media on daily basis. Many young girls are being brutalized just for diabolical and insatiable sex appetites and some unfounded beliefs. In April, a 24-year old Crowborough man, Moses Bwawa  was also convicted of raping a 5-year old girl and was sentenced to an effective 12 years in prison after four years had been suspended. In mitigation, Bwawa had said he had been misled by a false prophet that raping a minor was a recipe to be rich.


While I can chronicle more and more of these cases, one big question which remain unanswered is, where are the women’s groups in this country? Where are the mothers who surely carried these abused children for 9 months? In Shona they say ‘kubereka kunorwadza’ (child bearing is painful), but where are they who gave birth to these innocent souls who are being humiliated, ruined and murdered?


Are the women activists real? I think not. Here are groups of people who have colluded with foreign donors to concentrate on petty issues such as ‘marital rape’ and worse still engage in politically motivated debates such as regime change. Instead of these groups fighting for the rights of children, they are talking about the Marange diamonds. Surely no mother will spend time chasing diamonds when a nine year old girl is being raped by 17 men and when little girls are being murdered for rituals and the stupid belief that raping a child cures AIDS?


The blood of Talent Ngaanake cries from the earth and women pay deaf ears to it. The innocent voices of little girls who are being infected with HIV are being drowned with high pitched voices of some  women’s groups which are  so much obsessed with politics that they  forget their members are mothers after-all.  What the nation should have been trying to contain is supposed to be the women’s rage and their calls for such culprits to be castrated!


If children are a heritage from God, this generation will be held responsible by the same creator for failing to do their duty.


And when God will finally say, “I have heard the cry of Talent Ngaanake and other little children; I will therefore go down to see for myself…” then consider us finished, for surely God will come down and see Gomorrah and we know what happened to that evil ancient city!