ZIMBABWE – A 20-year-old woman and her 30-year-old uncle, both from Chibuwe Village under Chief Mutambara, have confessed to having an incestuous relationship that resulted in the birth of a child.
The duo risks being banished from Mutambara as the offence is regarded as taboo according to the area’s traditions.
The man, Belt Chibuwe has since paid mombe ye cheka ukama (beast meant to sever ties between the two relatives) to his brother’s family as an acknowledgement of his incestuous relationship with Mollen Chibuwe (20).
Besides the cheka ukama beast, Belt also paid two beasts to Mollen’s father.
The matter came to light after an unidentified family friend-cum-prophet exposed the two love birds in one of his prophecies.
Mollen initially denied that she was in an affair with Belt but confessed to the incestuous affair after her parents finally discovered that she was pregnant.
Appearing before Chief Mutambara’s court last Saturday, the couple confessed to having been in love since 2019. Mollen said:
I slept with him three times and it was consensual because we are in love. We found nothing amiss with the affair.
We slept together on three different occasions, once when my mother was around, another time when she had gone to fetch water and lastly when she had gone to church.
Despite being married to someone else, Belt insisted that he loved his brother’s daughter, Mollen.
Chief Mutambara said the matter was a first of its kind to be brought before his court and therefore he needed some time to consult widely to come up with a proper verdict. He said:
These two are blood relatives and we are in a dilemma on how to preside over this issue. What is more shocking is that, before my reign, Belt’s father committed a similar offence and had an affair with his daughter.
It was reported and the matter was dealt with and fortunately, there was no child sired.
Chief Mutambara has since ordered Belt and Mollen to end the two-year-old sexual relationship.