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Monday, 20 December 2010

In Zimbabwe, rights worker finally acquited but two charged with sodomy


Ignatius Muhambi, left and Ellen Chademana employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe(GALZ), arrive at the magistrates courts in Harare
Source: ZimOnline

A Harare court on Thursday acquitted a worker for the country’s homosexual group the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) on charges of possessing pornographic material.

The country’s Censorship and Entertainment Control Act prohibits the possession or distribution of pornographic material including pictures videos or magazines.

Dismissing the charges, Magistrate Ndirowei said the state had failed to prove that two pornographic pictures seized by the police during raid of the GALZ offices in May – where Ellen Chademana works as receptionist – were in her possession.

The pictures were seized from a cabinet at the reception area of the Harare offices of the GALZ, the only representative body for homosexual people in mainly conservative Zimbabwe.

“It was clear that the cabinet was accessible to all staff [at GALZ] and therefore difficult for the court to conclude [that Chademana was in possession of the photos],” Ndorowei ruled.

The prosecution of Chademana and another GLAZ worker Ignatius Muhambi, who was acquitted in July, was condemned by local and international human rights groups, many who saw it as an attempt by law enforcement agencies controlled by President Robert Mugabe to persecute Zimbabwe’s homosexual community.

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Source: New Zimbabwe

Two Bindura men have appeared in court charged with sodomy after they were caught in the act by their landlady.

Nigel Ruredzo, 28, and Shine Njawara, 29, pleaded guilty when they appeared before a Bindura magistrate.

The court heard that the incident occurred around 4:30 am on the 26th of November at a Bindura town house where Ruredzo and Njawara are tenants.

Prosecutors said the owner of the house, Patricia Chimange, and another tenant, Russell Makau, were awakened by strange noises emanating from the pair’s room.

Chimange and Makau, the court was told, entered the room and found the two being intimate.

The state outline indicates that Ruredzo assumed the role of a woman.

Makau is said to have subsequently assaulted them with a stick while the landlady administered a strong reprimand.

The two men were remanded in custody for trial on December 29.
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