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Police Arrest Mines Minister's Father, 75, on Rape Allegations

Zimbabwe Republic Police
Zimbabwe Republic Police
Mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa’s father, Augustine, was arrested by Zvimba police Wednesday on allegations of raping his wife’s 15 year old sister, police sources told VOA Studio 7.

Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara confirmed the case but refused to give details, referring us to police national spokesperson Charity Charamba who referred us back to Mabgweazara who then refused to comment.

Augustine Chidhakwa is a Zanu-PF and National Constitutional Assembly member.

Allegations are that Chidhakwa has been raping his wife’s sister in Gamarahwe village in Kutama, Zvimba, since June this year.

His wife allegedly discovered that her young sister was pregnant and reported the matter to Murombedzi Police Station who arrested Chidhakwa.

The girl, who was doing Grade Six at a primary school in Zvimba last year, is now 5 months pregnant.

Chidhakwa is President Robert Mugabe’s nephew.

Police sources say the 75-year old Chidhakwa will appear in court on a date to be advised.