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Gay couple in Zimbabwe? Police pounce

Kadoma is in central Zimbabwe
Kadoma is in central Zimbabwe

Police in a suburb of the Zimbabwean city of Kadoma have arrested a suspected gay couple on charges of sodomy, The Herald reported.

Under Zimbabwe law, sodomy is a crime punishable by up to a year in prison.

The couple, Ability Chatira Mpofu, 24, of Shurugwi and Blessing Chauke, 28, of Chiredzi, appeared before a magistrate and were jailed pending further legal action.

Police did not say whether they had any specific information about sexual activity between the two men.  Rather, they made the arrest after finding that Chauke was a man wearing a skirt, wig and blouse.

According to police, the couple said they had been “customarily married since 2011,” when “Mpofu paid the bride price” for Chauke and began taking care of him.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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