A Zimbabwean man in the UK raped for at least two years and fathered a child with his 14 year old daughter.
Before coming to the UK the man lived with his polygamous family in Botswana. His first wife with whom he has two daughters, remained in Botswana when the daughters joined him in the UK with his second wife.
The man, who was based in Luton, has since moved back to Botswana.
He used to belong to the Johane Masowe WeChishanu Church based in Luton, and is a recent graduate from the University of Bedfordshire.
It seems that he raped his daughter out of conviction that he would get rich by sleeping with a virgin.
Ms. Betty Makoni, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network World Wide (GCNW), who has helped the case emerge, is grateful to all who finally got the courage to talk about it. Part of the Zimbabwean community in Luton seemingly was aware of the case but it’s not clear why they never reported it.
Referring to the Luton rape case, Ms. Makoni said: “I have realised that church and community is fully aware and yet they let an alleged rapist walk scot-free. They even dine and wine with him as if to celebrate the raping of a daughter. Protecting children is a responsibility of every human being.”
Ms. Makoni said it was shocking that the man who raped and impregnated his daughter was not arrested. “Please report anyone who rapes girls. It is unacceptable to have sex with your daughter,” she said. “Some fathers who have sex with daughters as young as 13 have no shame. They go to an extent of impregnating them.”
Ms. Makoni assured all people with information about such crimes to report to the authorities. “Reporting such cases help others,” she said.
She confirmed that the police in Essex and Luton are investigating the rape case.
The girl child rights activist said many immigrant girls and women in the UK are victims of domestic violence and rape, but hardly report because they depend on their abusers, and fear they’ll be deported.
By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a
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