APOLOGISTS LEAD US: POLITICIZING RAPE IN ZIMBABWE

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Mhaka Tinatswe

In 2016, when Walter Magaya, renowned preacher and religious leader was initially charged with rape, former Minister of Tourism and, Walter Mzembi stated that those against him were going to hell. He stated the persecution was a result of the pastor pushing heavenly visions. He has since shown continued support for Magaya stating he ought to continue leading his ministry. The rape scandals surrounding ‘Pastor’ Magaya were not limited to the one under prosecution. He was accused of raping over 100 women including prominent characters, one of which at the time was the wife of former Minister of Finance Ignatius Chombo, Marian, who was subsequently divorced after this attack on her person.