MP says rapists should be jailed for a mandatory 40 years


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Non-constituency legislator Sabina Mangwende says rapists should be jailed for a mandatory sentence of 40 years, especially those who rape young girls because rape is akin to murder.

She said society should frown upon rapists because in the past people used to walk naked and could even swim in the same pool nude without any rape taking place.

“I urge that there be a mandatory sentence of 40 years imprisonment with labour for any rapist who perpetrates the offence against ten year olds.

“I find rape to be very repulsive, for example, the one that was committed by the guard at the Les Brown Swimming Pool who raped an 18 year old girl twice under the guise that it was too cold for her to swim. As all hon. members in this House, we should speak with one voice deploring rape,” she said.

 

Full contribution:

 

*MRS. MANGWENDE: Thank you Madam Speaker. I want to thank the movers of this motion, Hon. Mutomba seconded by Hon. Dziva. In his speech, His Excellency the President talked about several issues but I will confine myself to the prevalence of rape cases. These rapists are even raping children as young as ten years old. Rape is akin to murder, so these rapists deserve deterrent sentences of even up to 40 years. Men are deliberately raping young girls and society should frown upon this because in the past, people used to walk naked and they could even swim in the same swimming pool nude and no rape took place. I urge that there be a mandatory sentence of 40 years imprisonment with labour for any rapist who perpetrates the offence against ten year olds.

I find rape to be very repulsive, for example, the one that was committed by the guard at the Les Brown Swimming Pool who raped an 18 year old girl twice under the guise that it was too cold for her to swim. As all hon. members in this House, we should speak with one voice deploring rape.

Madam Speaker, on the issue of health, if it were possible medical aid societies should be able to pay service providers. We do not want to see the current trend like at Westend Hospital where you are made to queue to receive treatment as if you are at Harare Hospital. I urge the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to ensure that once our contributions as civil servants are deducted, they be remitted to the relevant authorities so that we can then access the treatment that we rightfully deserve. I thank you.

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