President Robert Mugabe has provided a solution to the growing rate of rape and child abuse cases in Zimbabwe.
He mooted castration of culprits as a means of arresting the menace; expressing his confusion at people who abuse minors. He said this at his 92nd birthday celebration at Great Zimbabwe Monuments on Saturday, February 26.
“What sex impulse is it which gets one to abuse a little child? I always wonder the level of punishment to be meted out to such people,” he said.
“Can you all suggest how such brutal monsters amongst us that rape babies should be punished … burdizzo (castration device)? We should make them oxen, some people should be made oxen.”
However, Mugabe noted that the government was going to attract the wrath of human rights activists if it were to go ahead with such a plan.
“Again, human rights people will say it (castration) is too severe. Sharia Law says if you use your hand to steal, that hand must be cut off. So what should be done to such people if they use their manhood to abuse a child? I think their manhood should be cut off. They will go and get an artificial one (I) think,” he said, amid laughter and applause from the thousands of villagers who braved the light showers that characterized the event.
The proposal seemed to get the backing of Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko and Women’s Affairs minister Nyasha Chikwinya, Zimbabwe Southern Eye reports.