ZAKA – Villagers of Svovonho village under chief Nyakunhuwa in Zaka have been left ashamed after a young man impregnated his half-sister following a long period of incestuous sexual encounters between the two orphaned siblings.
The boy and girl (names withheld) aged 18 and 17 respectively, were staying with their grandfather after the passing on of their father and are said to have maintained a suspiciously tight relationship that eventually got people talking.
A close relative of the two told TellZim News that when people began to raise suspicions, the two flatly denied the rumours only for the matter to come to light after the girl fell pregnant in April this year.
"At first we thought it was just a friendship since they were orphans but we started to receive tip offs from villagers who would have seen them in the bushes. The two then became the talk of the village," said the relative.
It is said when the girl began to develop signs of pregnancy she again refuted people's suspicions but later confessed when it became all obvious that she was pregnant.
Their grandfather is said to have been so ashamed of the disgraceful development in his family that he tried to bury the story.
He is, however, said to have at once thoroughly beat the two and ordered them to keep away from each other but the two continued with the girl saying she loved her brother and would marry him if she were allowed to do so.
Some villagers, however, blamed the family elders for aiding the taboo, saying the two were given leeway to do as they pleased after they were given their own kitchen.
This was reportedly after their grandfather had complained that they were so troublesome and disobedient that he could not stand them being in the same house with the rest of the family.
Meanwhile the girl has been taken to Masvingo where she lives with an aunt while the boy was left at home in Zaka.
Efforts to get a comment from the grandfather were futile as his phone was not reachable by the time of going to print.
Incest is not only taboo in local culture but illegal in Zimbabwe and much of the world where it is punishable by a jail sentence.news