Politician faces Aids infection charge

2011-06-23 13:24

Harare - An opposition Zimbabwe legislator was expected to appear in court on Thursday to face charges he had deliberately infected a state journalist with HIV/Aids.

A police spokesperson confirmed by phone on Wednesday from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city, that MP Siyabonga Malandu Ncube was likely to appear in court on Thursday.

"We have done our investigations and he will appear in court on Thursday," said the police officer.

Ncube was arrested on Tuesday after apparently turning himself in, according to comments made by police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena to state media. He said Ncube's lawyer was present when he presented to police.

Ncube could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted. His lawyer could not be reached for comment.

Over the weekend, media reported that the MP from a party that has splintered from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change had infected a journalist working for the Chronicle newspaper in Bulawayo, a mouthpiece for President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party.

The reports said the journalist had reported her ordeal to police on Friday.

Lawyers on Wednesday said state prosecutors are required by law to prove that Ncube knew he had the virus, if indeed he does have it.

The courts in this southern African country have not seen any recent cases of a similar nature that charge deliberate infection with HIV, the virus that causes Aids.

  • GT - 2011-06-23 13:43

    So they would need to prove: 1. He has the virus 2. She never had the virus before meeting him 3. How it was transferred 4. What state journalists are doing sleeping with the enemy Sounds like it could fill 6 months of bold and the beautiful

  • lollie sue - 2011-06-23 13:49

    How did he infect the journalist, i just dont get it

      daaivark - 2011-06-23 14:32

      The usual way, Sue. A bit of the good ole.........

      Tolerant - 2011-06-23 14:47

      Oops, sounds like the movie: "Sleeping with the enemy"

      SistaEnglish - 2011-06-23 15:13

      He must have unprotected sex with her.

  • chaminuka - 2011-06-23 14:28

    What has 'State journalist' got to do with anything? Be objective. Cant you just report as '...journalist...' The woman probably doesnt even support the government....she just works at the government owned newspaper. Be objective in your reporting.

      daaivark - 2011-06-23 14:34

      A journalist for a state-owned paper. Simple. Whom she supports is irrelevant. Be reasonable in your comment.

      BRAKKENJAN STORMER - 2011-06-24 12:56

      how does she know that she got it from him?if she knew he was earthed why did'nt she told him to use a mugabe bag.

  • semaj - 2011-06-23 14:47

    Great, so now we lock up opposition politicians thereby reducing the head count in parliament. What subterfuge is the Zimbabwean government going to resort to next. A bunch of performing chimps could do better, come to think of it, they are even more attractive than Boboon Mugabe.

      daaivark - 2011-06-23 14:58

      Well he's managing to retain power very effectively. Mugabe is anything but stupid. He's just plain bloody nasty and very good at it.

  • SistaEnglish - 2011-06-23 15:14

    HIV/Aids is a lethal weapon. People should be more careful about sleeping around.

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